Armed Forces: Social Security Benefits

Robert Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had on the potential effect of benefit changes on members of the armed forces and reserves. [136406]

Mr Francois: The Ministry of Defence maintains regular contacts with the Department for Work and Pensions, on how changes to the benefit system could impact on service personnel, and on what action might need to be taken in consequence.

Base Review

Alun Cairns: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to conclude his Base Review. [136422]

Mr Robathan: The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s autumn statement, on 5 December 2012, Official Report, columns 871-82, introduced some factors that we need to take into account such as new arrangements for accessing private finance. It is right that we take time to explore these funding opportunities.

We will make an announcement on the outcome of the basing review as soon as possible.

British Overseas Territories

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the suitability of (a) unmanned underwater vehicles and (b) unmanned aerial vehicles for the task of the protection of the waters of British Overseas Territories from illegal fishing. [136689]

Mr Robathan: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer the then Minister for the Armed Forces, the hon. Member for North Devon (Sir Nick Harvey), gave on 7 February 2012, Official Report, column 182W. As the Royal Navy is not tasked to carry out this role, no such assessment has been made.

Climate Assessments

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many climate assessments have been completed by his Department since 2010; if he will place a copy of each climate assessment in the Library; and if he will make a statement. [136183]

Mr Francois: Since financial year 2009-10 the Ministry of Defence has carried out some 38 Climate Impact Risk Assessments. This work is part of an ongoing commitment to ensure the Ministry of Defence estate is resilient to the direct and indirect impacts of current and future climates and extreme weather events.

Given the security implications of these assessments it would not be appropriate to place them in the Library of the House.

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Defence Equipment

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the cost of recuperating non-urgent operational requirements equipment lost, damaged or prematurely worn out will be met from the core defence budget or the Treasury Special Reserve. [136234]

Mr Dunne: HM Treasury reimburse Ministry of Defence for the net additional costs associated with the demonstrable increase in wear and tear on non-urgent operational assets as a consequence of operational use.

European Fighter Aircraft: Oman

Mr Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Typhoon airframes for export to Oman under the contract signed by BAE Systems in December 2012 will be assembled in Lancashire. [136022]

Mr Dunne: It is planned that final assembly of all 12 of the Typhoon aircraft ordered from BAE Systems by the Government of Oman in December 2012 will be undertaken in Lancashire.

Fuels: Pipelines

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual cost of operating the Government Pipeline and Storage System was in each of the last three years. [136577]

Mr Dunne: The annual operating costs of the Government Pipeline Storage System are in the region of £30 million.

I am withholding details of the exact operating costs as this would, or would be likely to, prejudice commercial interests during the future sale of the Government Pipeline Storage System.

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the market value of the Government Pipelines and Storage System. [136986]

Mr Dunne: The value of the Government Pipelines and Storage System (GPSS) was estimated in 2011 to inform the economic justification for the legislative provisions required to allow the sale of the system. These provisions form part of the Energy Bill. The valuation will be updated during the sale process and will be used in a final value for money assessment prior to sale.

Given the commercial sensitivity it would be inappropriate to disclose any valuation of the GPSS at this stage.

HMS Vigilant

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of damage to the rudder of HMS Vigilant; and what estimate he has made of the cost of its repair; [136313]

(2) how long it will take to repair the rudder of HMS Vigilant; [136314]

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(3) how the damage to the rudder of HMS Vigilant was caused. [136315]

Mr Dunne: While returning from her Demonstration and Shakedown Operations, HMS Vigilant suffered a defect to her lower rudder. Initial remedial action was carried out while the submarine was alongside in the US and she has subsequently returned to the UK. Investigations into the cause of the defect are ongoing, but initial investigations suggest this was not the result of grounding or collision.

Further repair work will be undertaken during the submarine's next planned maintenance period; the total cost of repairs has not yet been calculated.

Katrice Lee

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2012, Official Report, columns 904-5W, on Katrice Lee, if he will (a) list and (b) publish the specific failings of the previous investigations; and if he will confirm that an independent civilian police force will have access to all papers and evidence from the original 1981 investigation. [136244]

Mr Francois: The Royal Military Police are re-investigating the circumstances surrounding Katrice Lee's disappearance. Among other things, they are analysing the earlier investigative material, and putting it onto the Home Office Large Major Enquiry System (HOLMES) to ensure that it is properly allowed for in the current investigation. This work is ongoing but the Royal Military Police have already acknowledged that the previous investigations were flawed, and have sincerely apologised to Katrice's family for these failings. However, they will not be in a position to report on any failings until they are certain that this would not impact on the current investigation.

The Provost Marshal (Army), the Chief Officer of the Royal Military Police, has undertaken to meet with the Lee family again in the spring, to update them on the investigative strategy and to give the family a further opportunity to air their concerns. He has also confirmed that on conclusion of the current investigation, he will ask an independent civilian police force to review the current investigation and to review the Royal Military Police's findings in relation to the earlier investigations. The civilian force will have full access to all the papers and evidence, including those from the 1981 investigation.

Lost Property

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) civilians and (b) armed forces personnel have had deductions from their pay following the investigation of lost equipment in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement; [135297]

(2) how many individuals identified as being responsible for the loss of military equipment have faced internal disciplinary action, and what sanctions have been applied in each such case in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [136161]

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Mr Dunne: The Department takes the loss of equipment, for whatever reason, very seriously. All reported and discovered losses are thoroughly investigated and, where appropriate, recovery action is taken against those responsible.

Information on internal disciplinary action relating to the loss of military equipment over the last three years is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The number of civilians and Service personnel who had deductions from their salaries is recorded but whether it was attributable to equipment loss cannot easily be extracted from the data and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2012, Official Report, column 619W, on Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency, whether fraud investigations are only triggered if fraud affects defence capability rather than fraud which constitutes a financial loss to his Department; and if he will make a statement. [135958]

Mr Francois: A financial loss to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) may affect defence capability and as such it is one of a number of factors in determining whether a fraud investigation by the MOD Police should commence.

Shipping

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when recent trends in the number of UK Merchant Navy seafarers were last discussed with the First Sea Lord; and whether he plans to have such discussions in the next year. [135781]

Mr Robathan: The Secretary of State for Defence has frequent dialogue with senior armed forces personnel although no specific discussions have taken place with the First Sea Lord on trends in the number of UK Merchant seafarers.

Nevertheless, the Ministry of Defence is aware of the trend in the numbers of UK Merchant seafarers through the First Sea Lord's membership of the Chamber of Shipping.

Sickness Absence

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2012, Official Report, column 626W, on sick leave, if he will make an assessment of the contribution mindfulness-based practice can make to reducing workplace stress and staff absences in his Department. [136209]

Mr Francois: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has no plans to make such an assessment, although my officials remain aware of evolving best practices in health and well-being. We recognise that the health of the Department's civilian staff is central to their performance at work, and the contribution they make to Defence outputs. While the MOD compares favourably with other large departments in terms of sickness absence

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rates, we are not complacent. The Permanent Under-Secretary of State has very recently nominated a 'Health & Wellbeing Champion' at a senior level who will be responsible for supporting and encouraging progress on particular aspects of the Department's health and well-being agenda, as well as promoting the topic throughout the organisation.

South Atlantic

Mr Mike Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to ensure a permanent Royal Naval presence in the South Atlantic. [136817]

Mr Robathan: The Royal Navy has a permanent presence in the South Atlantic in the form of the Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel HMS Clyde. Clyde is supported by a Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tanker. In addition, Atlantic Patrol Task (South) is a standing Navy commitment for a Frigate or a Destroyer which provides a wide ranging presence in the South Atlantic all year round. Throughout the austral summer, the RN Ice Patrol Vessel, HMS Protector is present in the region.

Temporary Employment

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many temporary staff have been recruited in his Department in each month from July to December 2012. [135206]

Mr Francois: The Ministry of Defence uses a process called "manpower substitution" to engage temporary staff through a number of contracts. Manpower substitutes are agency workers employed for up to 11 months to fill vacant, funded posts until permanent recruitment action is taken. The majority of these staff are brought in to fill medical and dental requirements at military medical centres to cover for military positions that are vacant due to deployment into operational theatre. Other types of manpower substitutes include specialist IS staff, project managers, accountants, clerical and administration and drivers.

The number of temporary staff recruited in each month from July to December 2012 is set out in the following table:

2012Number of staff

July

324

August

261

September

256

October

303

November

228

December

127

Total

1,499

Trident

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what amount his Department has spent to date on procurement of new submarines and weapons systems in advance of the main gate decision on Trident replacement in 2016. [134963]

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Mr Dunne [holding answer 7 January 2013]: Expenditure on the concept and assessment phases for the Successor submarine programme, up to 30 November 2012, the latest date for which figures are available, amounted to some £1.38 billion.

As the hon. Member will be aware, no decision has yet been taken on whether to refurbish or replace the existing warhead design. Studies are, however, under way to inform this decision. Expenditure on these studies up to 30 November 2012, the latest date for which figures are available, amounted to some £54.6 million.

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the report, Trident Alternatives Review and the future of Barrow, published in December 2012 by the Nuclear Education Trust. [136542]

Mr Dunne: None. The BAE Systems shipyard at Barrow-in-Furness is the only facility in the UK that can build nuclear submarines, and the Government's policy remains as set out in the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010, that we will maintain a continuous submarine-based deterrent and will begin the work of replacing the Vanguard class submarines. The Ministry of Defence is therefore continuing work on the assessment phase of the Successor submarine programme, to inform a Main Gate decision in 2016. In order to help the Liberal Democrats consider the case for alternatives, the Cabinet Office is leading a review into whether there are alternative systems and postures that could maintain a credible deterrent. That review is being overseen by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the right hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander).

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish a list the members and affiliations of the joint Industry/MOD Integrated Programme Management Team (IPMT) established to oversee the development of the Trident nuclear submarine replacement programme; if he will set out the time period over which IPMT has developed the Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) to align the different processes of the programme; and if he will publish the IMS. [136696]

Mr Dunne: The role of the Integrated Programme Management Team (IPMT) is to manage the delivery of the Successor submarine programme. It comprises 29 personnel from the Ministry of Defence, 18 from BAE Systems Maritime—Submarines, eight from Babcock Marine and nine from Rolls-Royce. I am withholding the names of the individual members of the IPMT as this is personal data that cannot be released.

The Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) is the consolidated plan linking all the activities required to deliver the Successor submarine programme. It is maintained on a continuous basis. I am withholding publication of the IMS as its disclosure would prejudice national security and commercial interests, and because it relates to the formulation of Government policy.

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Veterans

Bill Esterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support his Department is providing for local authorities to support veterans and military communities. [136415]

Mr Francois: We launched the Armed Forces Community Covenant Scheme in 2011 to complement the armed forces covenant at the local level. I am encouraged by the success of these local partnerships, made between the armed forces in a given region and their local authority, joined by local businesses, organisations, charities and other bodies as appropriate. Well over 200 have now been signed.

Community covenants have the common aim of encouraging local communities to support the armed forces community in their area and for the service community to promote understanding and awareness by the public of issues affecting them. Also, in this context, many local authorities have already appointed local armed forces champions, working locally to improve access to services and support for serving and ex-service men and women, and their families.

We have established the Community Covenant Grant Scheme to support the community covenant funding local projects that bring together the civilian and armed forces communities. Some £5 million has already been allocated to projects ranging from drop-in centres to children's play areas.

Culture, Media and Sport

Internet: Child Protection

Sheila Gilmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to protect children on the internet; and if she will make a statement. [136094]

Mr Vaizey [holding answer 10 January 2013]: I am a co-chair of the Executive Board for the UK Council on Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). Through UKCCIS Government is working to create practical and effective ways to help keep children safe online; including asking internet service providers to actively encourage parents to switch on parental controls.

UKCCIS is also working with the main manufacturers and retailers toward putting in place device level solutions to filter inappropriate content and with providers of public WiFi services to automatically filter adult content on services provided directly to the public.

The Prime Minister has recently appointed my hon. Friend the Member for Devizes (Claire Perry) as his adviser on the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood. She will be working with Reg Bailey, UKCCIS, and Ministers to press the internet industries to deliver universally-available family-friendly internet access which is easy to use.

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Betting

Meg Hillier: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she plans to alter the stakes and rate of play of fixed odds betting terminals; and if she will make a statement. [136105]

Hugh Robertson: The Government has committed to review the evidence around category B2 gaming machines (fixed odds betting terminals) and will announce shortly how this will be progressed.

Rushanara Ali: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what steps her Department is taking (a) to address the clustering of betting shops on high streets and (b) in respect of the profitability of fixed odds betting terminals; [136618]

(2) whether her Department plans to take action to restrict the stakes, content and availability of fixed odds betting terminals. [136619]

Hugh Robertson: Ministers are aware of the concerns many have about the impact on local communities of betting shops and in particular the category B2 gaming machines (also referred to as fixed odds betting terminals) they offer. However, it would be wrong to impose any restrictions without clear evidence of harm. The Government has therefore committed to looking at the evidence around B2 gaming machines and will announce shortly the timing and scope of that review.

Consultants

Mr Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department has spent on external consultancy since 2010. [136928]

Hugh Robertson: Total expenditure on external consultants for the period April 2010 to December 2012 has been £5.56 million. The vast majority of the use of consultants has been due to two finite major projects—the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and broadband rollout administered by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK). These two projects apart, there has been an overall decrease in the use of external consultancy during this period.

Creative Industries Council

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the agenda for the next Creative Industries Council meeting in January 2013 will be. [136377]

Mr Vaizey: The agenda for the next Creative Industries Council meeting has not yet been set, however meeting notes will be published on the DCMS website in due course.

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Ministers from (a) her Department and (b) other Government Departments will attend the next Creative Industries Council meeting in January 2013. [136378]

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Mr Vaizey: The Creative Industries Council is jointly chaired by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills along with Industry Chair, Nicola Mendelsohn. In addition, as the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, I will also attend.

Creative Partnerships

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is her policy that creative partnerships should be replaced by local initiatives as well as Arts Council provision. [136379]

Mr Vaizey: This Government welcome the idea of local initiatives working in partnership with the public sector nationally and locally to provide opportunities for children and young people to enjoy a wide range of cultural experiences. Our policy for improving cultural education recognises the contribution of all providers in enhancing the range of cultural education available. This necessarily means that there will be a great deal of local initiative in the provision of cultural education, and our policy is to facilitate that, rather than simply to replace Creative Partnerships. For example, Arts Council England's 10 Bridge organisations around the country will connect schools and communities with other National portfolio organisations and others in the cultural sector, including museums and libraries.

Culture

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list all discussions she has had with local council leaders regarding cuts to local culture budgets. [136376]

Mr Vaizey: The Department publishes details of all Ministerial meetings with external organisations, since May 2010, on its transparency website at the following link:

http://www.transparency.culture.gov.uk/category/other/meetings/

Procurement

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many research contracts commissioned by her Department were not subject to a tendering process in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012. [135970]

Hugh Robertson: In the years requested, the following number of research contracts were not competitively tendered by the Department.

 Number

2010

2

2011

2

2012

2

The awarding of contracts by Government Departments is subject to Central Government Procurement Guidance. In each case the relevant organisation was the only one who held the base data required, which is why these were not tendered.

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Trafford Housing Trust

Mr Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has held on the effect of the recent legal case between Mr Adrian Smith and Trafford Housing Trust on her Department's policies on freedom of speech for staff. [134935]

Mrs Grant: I have not held any discussions on the effect of this case, which was about the contractual relationship between an employee and his employer, involving the use of social media.

Church Commissioners

Female Bishops

Mr Bradshaw: To ask the honourable Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what discussions he has had on the emergency powers or procedures available to expedite the passage of a new Women Bishops Measure. [137184]

Sir Tony Baldry: I refer the hon. Member to the memorandum from the Secretary General of the General Synod which was placed in the Library of the House on 19 December.

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It is my understanding that the working group established by the House of Bishops had its first meeting on 3 January and meets again on 30 January in preparation for facilitated discussions with a larger group and a meeting of the House of Bishops in the first week of February.

Health

Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

Nick de Bois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people attended an accident and emergency unit with (a) an immediate urgent need and (b) a non-urgent need, by each hospital trust in London, in each of the last two years; and if he will make a statement; [136108]

(2) how many people attending accident and emergency units in each hospital trust in London with (a) immediate urgent needs and (b) non-urgent needs were seen within four hours in each of the last two years; and if he will make a statement. [136110]

Dr Poulter: The information requested is not available in the format requested. Data is collected at trust level. The number of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances at national health service trusts in London during 2011 and 2012 is shown in the following tables. The data does not differentiate between immediate urgent and non urgent categories.

A&E attendances at NHS London trust organisations in London, 2011 and 2012
 2011
 AttendancesTotal time in A&E over four hours
Organisation nameType 1Type 2Type 3TotalType 1Type 2Type 3Total

Havering Primary Care Trust (PCT)

22,010

22,010

559

559

Bromley PCT

63,839

63,839

20

20

Greenwich Teaching PCT

20,449

20,449

3

3

Barnet PCT

54,339

54,339

16

16

Barking and Dagenham PCT

27,128

27,128

Tower Hamlets PCT

37,555

37,555

Newham PCT

6,471

6,471

33

33

Hammersmith and Fulham PCT

5,192

5,192

Hounslow PCT

2,694

2,694

Kensington and Chelsea PCT

7,477

7,477

Westminster PCT

8,589

8,589

Wandsworth PCT

14,867

14,867

Richmond and Twickenham PCT

11,522

11,522

Waltham Forest PCT

14,748

14,748

11

11

Ealing Urgent Care Centre—Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

86,543

86,543

3,070

3,070

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

118,012

18,498

136,510

4,932

23

4,955

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

82,016

31,888

113,904

2,556

11

2,567

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

21,222

21,222

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Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

102,282

8,296

110,578

2,824

2

2,826

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

60,450

35,613

96,063

2,445

313

2,758

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

184,939

8,686

7,518

201,143

18,584

130

18,714

West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

105,050

105,050

2,216

2,216

Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust

104,805

8,306

12,426

125,537

4,550

45

16

4,611

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

135,779

13,736

11,946

161,461

5,679

5,679

Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust

111,318

111,318

3,172

3,172

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

112,262

5,339

12,361

129,962

3,478

2

3,480

St George's Healthcare NHS Trust

119,153

44,195

163,348

5,768

7

5,775

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

126,707

21,192

147,899

5,459

70

5,529

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

90,885

90,885

3,570

3,570

Newham University Hospital NHS Trust

71,497

34,115

105,612

4,348

162

4,510

Barts and The London NHS Trust

126,118

22,264

148,382

6,237

6,237

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

78,443

78,443

721

721

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

37,559

37,559

140

140

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

113,453

113,453

1,698

1,698

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

77,889

31,050

108,939

3,238

77

3,315

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

109,239

109,239

3,279

3,279

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

133,076

97,088

230,164

8,734

230

8,964

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust

150,104

150,104

4,726

4,726

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

127,028

6,665

8,016

141,709

3,888

10

55

3,953

East London NHS Foundation Trust

4,566

4,566

24

24

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust

34,903

34,903

17

17

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

131,669

33,972

98,348

263,989

5,246

23

35

5,304

South London Healthcare NHS Trust

176,399

6,696

3,974

187,069

12,875

21

2

12,898

 2012
 AttendancesTotal time in A&E over four hours
Organisation nameType1Type2Type3TotalType1Type2Type3Total

Havering Primary Care Trust (PCT)

Bromley PCT

1,598

1,598

Greenwich Teaching PCT

Barnet PCT

Barking and Dagenham PCT

Tower Hamlets PCT

Newham PCT

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Hammersmith and Fulham PCT

Hounslow PCT

Kensington and Chelsea PCT

Westminster PCT

Wandsworth PCT

Richmond and Twickenham PCT

Waltham Forest PCT

Ealing Urgent Care Centre—Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

244,985

6,037

75,381

326,403

12,910

26

190

13,126

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

92,346

92,346

3,821

3,821

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

122,317

25,638

147,955

5,123

20

5,143

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

86,111

55,407

141,518

3,805

18

3,823

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

54,654

54,654

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

104,655

9,230

113,885

4,025

32

4,057

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

41,161

63,795

104,956

2,687

681

3,368

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

207,921

11,622

28,511

248,054

29,030

269

22

29,321

West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

70,602

59,690

130,292

2,582

278

2,860

Whipps cross university hospital NHS trust

23,091

1,917

15,470

40,478

2,044

7

26

2,077

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

137,893

12,800

15,641

166,334

7,888

7,888

Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust

115,477

115,477

5,407

5,407

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

78,287

5,361

54,781

138,429

5,982

6

465

6,453

St George's Healthcare NHS Trust

135,930

36,183

172,113

6,534

35

6,569

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

131,898

19,678

151,576

6,596

16

6,612

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

93,549

93,549

4,354

4,354

Newham University Hospital NHS Trust

22,657

8,431

31,088

1,309

61

1,370

Barts and The London NHS Trust

35,275

1,803

37,078

1,563

1,563

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

81,941

81,941

369

369

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

37,543

37,543

146

146

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

114,167

114,167

1,698

1,698

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

87,632

32,480

120,112

4,042

79

4,121

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

117,858

117,858

5,712

5,712

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

108,607

106,040

214,647

9,706

242

9,948

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust

157,279

157,279

6,685

6,685

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Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

115,152

6,514

20,988

142,654

4,221

37

225

4,483

East London NHS Foundation Trust

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust

46,550

46,550

34

34

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

135,712

36,794

108,342

280,848

6,596

208

130

6,934

South London Healthcare NHS Trust

166,634

15,036

80,571

262,241

11,274

8

134

11,416

Notes: Type 1 departments are 24 hour consultant led A&E departments Type 2 departments are 24 hour single specialty A&E departments Type 3 departments include Walk in Centres, Minor Injuries Units and Urgent Care centres Source: Department of Health Knowledge and Information Centre

Ambulance Services

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what type of vehicle and what equipment is required to be on board when responding to an A19 call; and if he will make a statement. [136795]

Dr Poulter: The Department sets standards for response times to Category A (immediately life-threatening) calls. It is the responsibility of individual ambulance trusts to determine the type of vehicle and equipment required to respond to those calls, based on the clinical needs of the patient.

Blood: Contamination

Paul Goggins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the eligibility criteria are for winter fuel payments from the Caxton Foundation to people with haemophilia infected with hepatitis C as a result of their NHS treatment; and what steps he has taken to promote the take-up of such payments. [136676]

Anna Soubry: The eligibility criteria for the winter payments have been set by the Trustees of the Caxton Foundation. All infected individuals and widows of infected individuals registered with the Foundation will automatically receive a winter payment.

Brain Tumours

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effects on mortality of the use of temozolmide in the treatment of brain tumours. [136992]

Anna Soubry: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is the independent body responsible for providing advice to the national health service on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of drugs and treatments.

In technology appraisal guidance issued in April 2001, NICE recommended temozolomide as a treatment option for some patients with recurrent malignant glioma (brain cancer), subject to certain clinical criteria.

Temozolomide is also recommended in NICE technology appraisal guidance issued in June 2007 as an option for the treatment of newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme, again subject to certain clinical criteria.

NICE plans to review the need to update its guidance on temozolomide in 2015.

Dementia

Tracey Crouch: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to local authority budgets to take place in 2015 on the implementation of (a) dementia friendly communities and (b) the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia. [136979]

Norman Lamb: The Government have not yet set funding levels for 2015-16 and beyond, as this falls outside of the current spending review period.

In the 2012 autumn statement, we announced that funding levels for 2015-16 will be set in the first half of this year.

Of course, we will consider the requirements of all policy areas when setting funding levels.

Ultimately, funding for services to support people with dementia and their carers is a local decision. Local authorities decide how much to spend on services, based on local priorities and pressures.

Diabetes

Mr Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to support the prevention of Type 2 diabetes (a) nationally and (b) in Peterborough constituency; and if he will make a statement. [136981]

Dr Poulter: Type 2 diabetes is closely linked to lifestyle factors such as being overweight and physical inactivity. The Government are committed to tackling overweight and obesity, and have published ‘Healthy Lives, Health People: A call to action on obesity in England’ which sets out our commitment to key programmes such as Change4Life, and the NHS Health Check.

We are also continuing to fund and support the full rollout of the NHS Health Check programme, which includes assessing the risk of diabetes for people aged

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40-74 and supporting them in managing or reducing that risk. From April this year we propose to mandate local authorities to secure local delivery of the risk assessment element of the programme. Economic modelling has shown the potential for the programme to prevent over 4,000 people a year from developing diabetes and to detect over 20,000 cases of diabetes and kidney disease earlier.

The NHS Health Check programme runs at 26 Peterborough practices. The Diabetes team based at the Healthy Living Centre delivers comprehensive information on the prevention, management and treatment of diabetes.

A copy of the ‘Call to action’ has already been placed in the Library.

Emergency Calls: Admissibility of Evidence

Nick de Bois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the recording of 999 calls is of sufficient audible quality to be used in court. [136113]

Dr Poulter: There is currently no prescribed standard for the audible quality of the recording of 999 calls. Ambulance trusts are responsible for recording all 999 calls and for the quality of those recordings.

Glaucoma

Tracey Crouch: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to increase availability of eye drop medicines Timoptol and Azopt for the treatment of glaucoma; and if he will make a statement. [136978]

Norman Lamb: We understand that Timoptol (timolol) eye drops containing preservative are freely available. Timoptol preservative-free eye drops are currently unavailable due to manufacturing problems coupled with production capacity constraints and the manufacturer, MSD, expects them to be back in stock later this year. MSD is increasing its production capacity for preservative-free ophthalmic products globally in order to meet increasing demand.

Azopt (brinzolamide) eye drops are currently available through the normal channels.

Health Authorities

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has issued to strategic health authorities on the initiation of policies which their successor local authorities are deemed likely to reverse; and if he will place in the Library a copy of any such guidance; [136179]

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(2) how many strategic health authorities are in the process of initiating schemes to fluoridate drinking water; what steps their successor local authorities would have to take if they wished to cancel any such schemes; whether such successor authorities would need to undertake another consultation exercise before cancelling such a scheme; and if he will make a statement. [136180]

Anna Soubry: The Department has not issued any such guidance, but we are aware of one strategic health authority that is proceeding to implement a fluoridation scheme. NHS South of England is implementing a scheme to cover parts of Southampton and South West Hampshire. Last November the Department completed a consultation on the content of regulations on the arrangements for consideration of proposals on the fluoridation of water including proposals to terminate a fluoridation scheme. Our intention is to lay the regulations in February, in time for them to come into force on 1 April 2013 when responsibility for consultations on fluoridation proposals transfers to local authorities.

Health Services: North West

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints about standards of care have been received by NHS acute trusts in (a) the north-west and (b) Liverpool in each of the last two years; and how many such complaints have resulted in disciplinary action being taken against a health care professional or hospital managers. [136578]

Dr Poulter: The information requested is not held in the format requested. The National Health Service Information Centre for Health and Social Care publishes annual data on written complaints on its website:

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/article/2021/Website-Search?productid=8179&q=nhs+complaints&sort= Relevance&size=10&page=1&area=both#top

Hernias: Greater London

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 748W, on hernias: Greater London, how many finished admissions episodes there were and what the (a) mean and (b) median time waited was in days for hernia repair procedures in each NHS trust within the London Strategic Health Authority area in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12. [135768]

Anna Soubry: The number of finished admission episodes and mean and median time waited (days) for each hospital provider in London for hernia repair procedures during 2010-11 and 2011-12 is shown in the following table.

Number of finished admissions episodes (FAEs)(1) and mean and median time waited(2) (days) for hernia repair procedures(3) at each NHS hospital provider in London SHA, 2010-11 and 2011-12, activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
 Procedure hernia repair
 2010-112011-12
 Total FAEs (number)Mean time waited (days)Median time waited (days)Total FAEs (number)Mean time waited (days)Median time waited (days)

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

571

105.2

95

659

120.1

119

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust

855

61.4

57

917

69.3

66

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Barts and The London NHS Trust

727

57.1

52

649

54.1

48

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

745

66.0

56

716

86.6

73

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

526

46.4

34

553

56.8

41

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

266

72.4

71

268

62.4

57

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

589

64.9

62

608

64.1

60

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

267

52.7

45

244

46.3

33

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

685

68.6

57

733

97.2

74

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

342

51.6

49

489

75.7

70

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

889

78.7

78

847

106.5

94

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

599

73.4

66

585

102.1

84

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

589

84.2

79

694

65.8

57

Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust

756

0

0

723

0

0

Newham University Hospital NHS Trust

254

113.2

102

291

119.5

99

North East London Treatment Centre Care UK

375

31.6

30

470

37.1

34

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

267

99.5

90

386

99.9

86

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

790

71.7

70

830

127.0

150

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

(4)

(4)

(4)

(4)

(4)

(4)

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

579

78.4

69

504

94.0

91

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

(4)

(4)

(4)

(4)

(4)

(4)

South London Healthcare NHS Trust

1,380

69.5

61

1,555

72.3

67

Spire Roding Hospital

119

0

0

77

0

0

St George's Healthcare NHS Trust

788

75.5

57

926

79.0

53

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

558

50.1

46

543

49.9

42

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

19

17.4

16

22

23.2

23

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

412

69.2

62

423

67.3

60

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

521

78.1

65

454

69.5

58

West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

486

85.6

86

501

82.9

85

Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust

438

80.1

73

479

79.6

67

(1)Finished admission episodes A finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. (2)Time waited (days) Time waited (days) statistics from Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are not the same as published Referral to Treatment (RTT) time waited statistics. HES provides counts and time waited for all patients between decision to admit and admission to hospital within a given period. Published RTT waiting statistics measure the time waited between referral and start of treatment. (3)Main procedure The first recorded procedure or intervention in each episode, usually the most resource intensive procedure or intervention performed during the episode. It is appropriate to use main procedure when looking at admission details, (e.g. time waited), but a more complete count of episodes with a particular procedure is obtained by looking at the main and the secondary procedures. (4) To protect patient confidentiality, counts of between one and five have been suppressed along with any further figures required to support this suppression. Total admissions with eligible time waited information The total number of eligible admissions from which the mean and median time waited are derived. This includes waiting list and booked admissions, but not planned admissions. A waiting list admission is one in which a patient has been admitted electively into hospital from a waiting list, having been given no date of admission at the time a decision to admit was made. Booked admissions are those in which the patient was admitted electively having been given a date at the time it was decided to admit. Planned admissions are excluded as they are usually part of a planned sequence of clinical care determined mainly on clinical criteria, which, for example, could require a series of events, perhaps taking place every three months, six months or annually. Because of this the number of episodes used to generate the mean and median time waited is likely to be lower than the number of FAEs reported in the table. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

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Injuries: Dogs

Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases the NHS treated relating to dog attacks in 2012; [136769]

(2) what the total cost of treating patients in 2012 who had been admitted for being attacked by a dog was. [136770]

Dr Poulter: In 2011-12, the latest 12-month period for which firm data are available, there were 6,580 in-patient hospital episodes for injuries caused by dog attacks. No information is available centrally on the number of cases treated in accident and emergency clinics, hospital outpatient clinics or primary care, or information on the costs of treating injuries from dog attacks.

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Knee Replacements: Greater London

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2012, Official Report, column 120W, on knee replacements: Greater London, if he will publish data on the (a) number of operations and (b) waiting times for patients attending all London hospitals to have a new knee fitted in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [136759]

Dr Poulter: The number of finished admission episodes (FAEs) and mean and median time waited for knee replacement procedures during 2010-11 and 2011-12 attending all London hospitals is shown in the following tables.

Number of finished admission episodes (FAEs)(1) and mean and median time waited(2) (days) for providers within London Strategic Health Authority (SHA) of treatment, for knee replacement procedures(3) for 2010-11
  Days
Provider nameTotal FAEs (number)Mean time waitedMedian time waited

All provider trusts within London SHA

7,125

91.5

85

    

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

259

124.6

128

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust

479

86.9

70

Barts and The London NHS Trust

215

110.8

106

BMI—Bishops Wood

21

BMI—Chelsfield Park Hospital

6

BMI—Shirley Oaks Hospital

12

65.0

65

BMI—The Blackheath Hospital

16

BMI—The Clementine Churchill Hospital

47

BMI—The Garden Hospital

14

21.0

21

BMI—The Kings Oak Hospital

15

BMI—The London Independent Hospital

*

BMI—The Sloane Hospital

*

BMI—The Cavell Hospital

15

73.6

62

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

166

94.9

87

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

6

59.5

60

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

146

78.1

87

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

1,293

86.9

89

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

332

96.5

77

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

117

94.4

72

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

272

111.2

111

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

211

85.0

77

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

*

*

*

Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust

162

Newham University Hospital NHS Trust

65

109.4

108

North East London NHS Treatment Centre

316

42.5

35

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

118

133.8

123

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

368

105.2

101

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

161

120.7

121

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

463

68.8

62

South London Healthcare NHS Trust

649

114.3

111

Spire Roding Hospital

10

St George's Healthcare NHS Trust

75

76.4

72

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

322

78.7

78

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

120

90.0

91

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

253

72.0

67

West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

133

101.8

98

Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust

256

83.0

78