NHS: Redundancy

Valerie Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the people who have been made redundant in the NHS since May 2010 have since been re-employed by that body. [146536]

Dr Poulter: The number of people made redundant in the national health service since 1 May 2010 and since re-employed in the NHS is estimated to be 2,200.

This estimate is based on staff recorded on the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) Data Warehouse as having a reason for leaving as either voluntary or compulsory redundancy between 1 May 2010 and 30 September 2012, and who have a subsequent record on the ESR Data Warehouse up to 30 November 2012.

The ESR Data Warehouse is a monthly snap shot of the live ESR system. This is the human resource and payroll system that covers all NHS employees other than those working in general practice, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and some NHS staff who have transferred to local authorities and social enterprises.

Obesity

Nick Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role and performance of weight management centres in England; and what plans he has to introduce more such centres. [145927]

Anna Soubry: No assessment has been made centrally.

Primary care trusts are currently responsible for commissioning weight management services to meet the needs of their population. From 1 April, this commissioning responsibility will move to local authorities. We are setting up a new body for public health, Public Health England, to support local authorities over their public health responsibilities, including the identification and spread of good practice.

Nick Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS trusts (a) have designated and (b) plan to designate in the next 12 months obesity champions; [145928]

(2) what steps he is taking to promote the establishment of obesity champions in each NHS trust as recommended in the Royal College of Physicians' report Action on Obesity: Comprehensive care for all, published in January 2013. [146036]

Anna Soubry: Local health and care organisations are responsible for developing their own strategies to meet local and national priorities for improving health. They are free to create posts to oversee this process, including establishing obesity champions.

Information about which trusts are developing obesity champion roles is not collected centrally.

Nick Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he intends to work with the devolved Administrations to tackle obesity. [145931]

Anna Soubry: Departmental officials meet regularly with the devolved Administrations to discuss public health issues including obesity.

Nick Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) the NHS Commissioning Board, (b) relevant national clinical directors and (c) health care stakeholders about implementation of the recommendations of the Royal College of Physicians' report Action on Obesity: Comprehensive care for all, published in January 2013. [145984]

Anna Soubry: I met with the President and the Academic Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians to discuss the report ‘Action on Obesity: Comprehensive care for all’ on 6 February.

Obesity and Diabetes

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the new national clinical director for obesity and diabetes will be in place; and if he will make a statement. [145970]

Anna Soubry: From April, National Clinical Directors are not ministerial or departmental appointments. We understand that a number of successful applicants across a wide range of specialties have been identified by the NHS Commissioning Board, including a new National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes. We expect the Board to make an announcement shortly. These posts are offered part time as secondments and start dates will depend on discussions with substantive employers.

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Official Cars

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of Government cars provided to special advisers in his Department was in each of the last three years. [146217]

Dr Poulter: The cost of Government cars provided to special advisers in each of the last three years was nil.

Parasitic Diseases

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what figures are collected on how many cases of liver fluke come from eating of wild and untreated watercress. [145909]

Anna Soubry: The following information on numbers of cases has been provided by the Health Protection Agency (England and Wales), Health Protection Scotland and the Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland).

In England and Wales there have been 33 laboratory reports of human liver fluke infestation (Fasciola hepatica) between 1999 and 2011 and in Scotland there have been three reports every year since 2010.

There are no data for Northern Ireland because no information is held on cases of liver fluke by the Public Health Agency.

Laboratory reports are based on serological evidence of infection which does not necessarily indicate current infection and may represent past exposure. Most of the cases reported in Scotland appear to be associated with foreign travel but for England and Wales cases it is not possible to comment on the association with foreign travel, as this information has not been recorded. No information is available to identify whether any of the cases were attributed to the consumption of wild or untreated watercress.

Prostate Cancer

Alun Cairns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward prostate cancer screening amongst high risk groups. [146075]

Anna Soubry: The Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme (PCRMP) Scientific Reference Group keeps the evidence on prostate cancer screening under review, and has not yet seen compelling evidence that screening should be offered to high risk groups. The PCRMP is in place to ensure that men over 50 without symptoms of prostate cancer can have a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test free on the national health service after careful consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of the test and after a discussion with a general practitioner. The patient information sheets on PSA testing make it clear that the risk of prostate cancer is greater for men with a familial history of prostate cancer and black-African and black-Caribbean men:

The National Cancer Action Team (NCAT) has highlighted the increased risk of prostate cancer in black men through the ‘Cancer Does Not Discriminate’ campaign, including distributing over 200,000 health supplements and an editorial in The Voice newspaper.

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In 2011, the Department, NCAT and Prostate Cancer UK worked with NHS Newham and Barts Health Care Trust to pilot the Newham Prostate Health Drop-in Clinic at the Newham African-Caribbean Resource Centre. 322 men had a consultation at the clinic, 59 were referred to secondary care and nine new diagnoses of early stage prostate cancer were made. The learning gained from a formal evaluation of the pilot is being shared widely with stakeholders within London and across England, including the NHS Commissioning Board.

School Milk

Stephen McPartland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much his Department has refunded to the European Commission following failed claims under the European Milk Scheme in each of the last 10 years; [146208]

(2) for what reasons his Department ceased claiming the European School Milk Scheme subsidy for the Nursery Milk Scheme. [146230]

Dr Poulter: In 2008 when the European Union rules were extended to cover early years settings, the Department submitted EU milk subsidy claims on behalf of child care providers claiming under the Nursery Milk Scheme. The Department claimed a total of £2,641,271.08 (from October 2008 to April 2010) on behalf of the child care settings but because the child care settings were found to be non-complaint to the EU requirements, the Department was asked to return this amount to the European Commission in 2010.

The Department did not make any further claims because the EU raised concerns that as the Department cannot guarantee that the child care settings will be complying with the EU milk subsidy claim requirements, it should not make claims on their behalf.

Strokes

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to improve patient access to thrombolysis and interventional radiology services for the treatment of ischaemic stroke; [145828]

(2) what proportion of patients receiving treatment do so in a hyper-acute stroke unit; [145829]

(3) whether he plans to produce a progress report on the implementation of the National Stroke Strategy five years after its publication; and if he will make a statement; [145830]

(4) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients have access to the most appropriate technology for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke; and if he will make a statement. [145831]

Anna Soubry: Across England, over 85% of stroke patients are spending 90% or more of their hospital stay in a stroke unit.

The Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Outcomes Strategy, published on 5 March 2013, sets out actions to ensure all CVD patients, including stroke patients, have access to what is recognised as the right treatment and services. A copy of the outcomes strategy has already been placed in the Library.

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The Department has no plans to produce a progress report on the implementation of the National Stroke Strategy.

Women and Equalities

Staff

Diana Johnson: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many staff the Government Equalities Office employed in each of the past five years; how many such staff were employed in London; how many such staff were employed in other regions of England; how many posts moved from London to these regions; and what steps she is taking to move her staff to regional offices. [145694]

Mrs Grant: The Government Equalities Office (GEO) had the following number of staff in each of the last five years.

 Staff

2007-08

88

2008-09

102

2009-10

130

2010-11

107

2011-12

106

The change in staff from 2008-11 reflects the integration of GEO into the Home Office after being a stand-alone Department. Members of GEO work extensively with staff in other Departments across Whitehall and the numbers of staff outlined should not be seen as a reflection of the number that are involved in policy with an equality element.

All staff worked in London. In a written ministerial statement of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 96WS, the Prime Minister announced the transfer of GEO from the Home Office to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). DCMS does not have any regional offices.

International Development

Developing Countries: Tax Avoidance

Sir Tony Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people in her Department are working on the issue of tax avoidance in developing countries. [146333]

Mr Duncan: The Government are committed to helping developing countries tackle tax avoidance and evasion. DFID is currently involved in more than 40 technical assistance and capacity building projects in 20 countries on the issue of tax, details of which can be found in the Government submission to the recent International Development Committee inquiry on taxation and development. Many of these projects include elements related to tackling tax avoidance.

In addition, officials from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) carry out technical assistance missions to developing countries related to action on

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tax avoidance. DFID, HMRC and Treasury staff are also regularly involved in discussions on tax avoidance in developing countries in international forums such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Tax and Development Task Force, the G20 and the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. The wide range of assistance and variety of ways in which it is provided mean that exact staff numbers cannot readily be obtained.

India

Ms Ritchie: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the aid delivered to India under the Global Poverty Action Fund. [146523]

Mr Duncan: The Global Poverty Action Fund currently supports 12 projects in India. All projects are assessed through annual progress reports, a project completion report and an independent evaluation conducted at the close of a project.

To date only one project in India has been operating for longer than a year. The annual progress report, assessed by sector experts, found that that project was meeting the targets agreed with DFID at the start of this work.

Ms Ritchie: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of India's status on the Impact Window—Organisation and Project Countries list of the Global Poverty Action Fund. [146531]

Mr Duncan: The Secretary of State for International Development, my right hon. Friend the Member for Putney (Justine Greening), has ensured that DFID's work through the Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF) is aligned with the UK's new development relationship with India following her announcement in November 2012.

In future funding rounds the GPAF will support projects in India that bring unique knowledge, skills and expertise to Indian organisations or which involve work with the private sector to help the poor. As such, Indian organisations will continue to be eligible to apply for funding through the GPAF Impact Window for work in, as well as outside India.

Defence

Armed Forces: Recruitment

Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many people resident in each (a) local authority area and (b) parliamentary constituency were recruited to the armed forces in each year since 2009-10; [145619]

(2) what the average age of recruits to the armed forces in each (a) local authority area and (b) parliamentary constituency was in each year since 2009-10; [145620]

(3) what the average age of recruits to the armed forces in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) England and (d) Northern Ireland was in each year since 2009-10; [145621]

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(4) how many people resident in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) England and (d) Northern Ireland were recruited to the armed forces in each year since 2009-10. [145623]

Mr Robathan: This information is not held centrally. The following table, however, provides the numbers of entrants from recruitment centres around the UK. This will give an indication of the geographical spread of recruitment but does not provide a comprehensive picture

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of where these individuals may reside as they may not always apply to join the services through their nearest Career Office, and may choose other means by which to apply.

The following abbreviations are used within the tables:

AFCO: Armed Forces Careers Office

ACIO: Army Career Information Office

ACA: Army Careers Adviser

OR: Other Rank.

Service recruiting statistics by AFCO/ACIO (ACA for army officers)
  2009/102010/112011/12
  OffrsAv. ageORsAv. ageOffrsAv. ageORsAv. ageOffrsAv. ageORsAv. age

Scotland

             

Aberdeen

AFCO

1

22

73

19

45

20

1

29

59

22

Dundee

AFCO

1

28

174

20

104

21

3

25

117

20.5

Dunfermline

ACIO

69

21

35

20.5

60

21

Kirkcaldy

ACIO

42

20.5

34

19

35

20

Perth

ACIO

33

19.5

1

18

23

19

Edinburgh

AFCO

213

21

110

20.5

2

29

164

21

Bathgate

ACIO

45

20.5

30

20

34

19

Dumfries

ACIO

50

19.5

38

19.5

42

19.5

Galashiels

ACIO

35

19.5

43

19.5

29

20.5

Glasgow

AFCO

43

24

342

21

32

22.7

184

21.5

24

24.4

213

20.5

Dumbarton

ACIO

39

20

21

21

34

20

Hamilton

ACIO

81

19.5

100

19.5

111

20

Irvine

ACIO

106

19.5

75

19.5

100

20

Paisley

ACIO

102

21

55

20.5

81

20

Stirling

ACIO

90

19

47

19.5

83

20

Inverness

AFCO

3

31

75

19.5

99

20

3

33

98

21

Elgin

ACIO

25

19

ACA HE and Adult

 

44

24

  

31

24.5

  

42

24

  

ACA Schools and colleges

 

3

22

2

24

0

              

42—North West

             

Carlisle

AFCO

4

27

143

20

3

23

80

21

94

20

Barrow

ACIO

40

19

30

20.5

39

20

Workington

ACIO

44

18.5

24

20.5

34

18.5

Kendal

Clinic

26

20

13

19

24

21

Liverpool

AFCO

2

20

483

21

6

24

250

21.5

2

25

306

21.5

Birkenhead

ACIO

88

20.5

58

20.5

68

20

Chester

ACIO

79

21

28

20.5

70

21.5

Warrington

ACIO

104

20.5

53

21

92

20

St Helens

ACIO

78

20

60

20.5

78

20.5

Wigan

ACIO

95

20.5

80

20

84

20.5

Kirkby

Clinic

17

21

23

20

28

21

Crewe

Clinic

45

20

33

19

52

20.5

Manchester

AFCO

94

22.6

556

21

49

23

289

21

40

23

259

21.5

Burnley

ACIO

118

20

81

20

85

19.5

Oldham

ACIO

114

20

68

20.5

79

20

Rochdale

ACIO

Stockport

ACIO

108

20.5

60

21.5

85

21

Preston

AFCO

7

26

346

20.5

4

28

170

21

2

24

213

21.5

Blackburn

ACIO

72

20.5

49

20

70

20.5

Blackpool

ACIO

110

20.5

79

20.5

134

20

Bolton

ACIO

152

20

73

21.5

117

21

Bury

Clinic

6

18

45

20

91

19.5

Lancaster

ACIO

80

19.5

56

20

61

20

ACA HE and Adult

 

39

24.5

57

24

43

24

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ACA Schools and colleges

 

2

19.5

1

24

              

15—North East

             

Hull

AFCO

3

26

342

20.5

2

20

232

20.5

1

30

234

20

Scarborough

ACIO

38

20

52

19.5

64

19

York

ACIO

98

20

83

21

92

20

Middlesbrough

AFCO

6

24

339

20

3

24

179

21

2

27

210

21.5

B Auckland

ACIO

54

19.5

34

19.5

26

20

Darlington

ACIO

134

20

89

20

119

20

Durham

ACIO

60

20.5

67

20

59

19.5

Catterick

ACIO

63

21

32

20

42

21

Newcastle

AFCO

8

24

449

20.5

2

23

228

20.5

209

20.5

Ashington

ACIO

64

20

43

19.5

55

20

South Shields

ACIO

67

20

40

18.5

51

20.5

Sunderland

ACIO

94

19.5

58

19.5

68

20

Leeds

AFCO

23

23

455

20.5

11

24

283

21

6

24

279

21

Bradford

ACIO

155

20.5

117

20

123

20

Halifax

ACIO

62

19.5

44

20

58

20

Huddersfield

ACIO

72

20

74

20

75

21

Wakefield

ACIO

128

20

63

20.5

97

20

Sheffield

AFCO

9

23

392

20.5

7

25

188

20.5

188

20

Barnsley

ACIO

109

20

63

19

79

19.5

Doncaster

ACIO

127

20

90

20.5

101

20

ACA HE and Adult

 

54

24

49

24

56

24

ACA Schools and colleges

 

2

21.5

1

20

              

160—Wales

             

Cardiff

AFCO

12

25

283

20.5

7

27

160

21.5

5

26

199

21

Abergavenny

ACIO

1

17.5

11

20.5

28

19.5

Newport

ACIO

99

20

64

19.5

89

20

Pontypridd

ACIO

72

21

35

21.5

72

20

Swansea

AFCO

5

24

269

20

1

23

96

20.5

2

26

152

21

Brigend

ACIO

42

21

24

20

28

20

Carmarthen

ACIO

42

19.5

26

20

33

19.5

H West

Clinic

35

19.5

19

19

31

19

Wrexham

AFCO

8

24

219

19.5

8

26

135

20

2

24

130

20.5

Bangor

ACIO

73

19.5

40

20.5

73

20

Rhyl

ACIO

99

20.5

61

20.5

72

20

ACA 1 Wales (North)

 

9

23.5

15

23

11

23.5

ACA 1 Wales (South)

 

10

24.5

16

24

9

23.5

              

143—West Midlands

             

Birmingham

AFCO

61

22.7

488

20.5

47

22.7

289

22

33

23

304

21

Coventry

ACIO

5

25

276

20.5

4

23

182

21

1

27

159

20.5

Wolverhampton

ACIO

223

21.5

151

21.5

173

20.5

Shrewsbury

AFCO

14

27

212

21

4

24

125

21

2

32

158

21.5

Hereford

ACIO

80

20

68

21

71

21

Worcester

ACIO

150

20

68

20

92

20.5

Stoke

AFCO

1

22

406

21

6

25

212

20.5

214

21

Burton

ACIO

101

20.5

86

20

106

20

ACA 1 (HE and Adult) West Midlands

 

47

23.5

21

24.5

37

23.5

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6 Mar 2013 : Column 1094W

ACA 1 (Schools and colleges) West Midlands

 

4

22

3

21.5

1

21

              

49—East

             

Cambridge

AFCO

3

31

166

21

7

32

93

21

148

21.5

Peterborough

AFCO

61

23.5

223

20.5

58

24

129

20.5

56

24.5

124

20.5

Luton

ACIO

1

24

184

21

91

20.5

133

21.5

Leicester

AFCO

5

24

290

20

2

20

134

21

1

21

162

21

Northampton

ACIO

190

21

115

21

152

21.5

Lincoln

AFCO

270

28

343

20

146

25.5

135

20.5

69

30

225

20.5

Boston

ACIO

52

19.5

18

19.5

39

20.5

Grimsby

ACIO

90

20

85

20.5

82

20

Southend

AFCO

5

21

95

20.5

3

20

53

22

60

20.5

Chelmsford

ACIO

118

20.5

58

21.5

75

21.5

Colchester

ACIO

79

21.5

36

22.5

78

21

Nottingham

AFCO

14

25

363

20

12

24.5

166

21

9

23.5

243

21.5

Chesterfield

ACIO

72

19

47

20

74

19.5

Derby

ACIO

167

20

99

20

127

20

Mansfield

ACIO

123

19.5

55

20

113

19.5

Norwich

AFCO

7

26

233

21

8

25

129

21.5

2

26

194

20.5

Ipswich

ACIO

118

21

77

21

99

21

ACA 1 (HE and adult) East

 

44

23.5

56

24.5

53

24

ACA 1 (Schools and colleges) East Anglia

 

12

23

5

21

20

23

ACA 1 (Schools and colleges) East Midlands

 

1

19

5

20

2

21

              

2/145—South East

             

Brighton

AFCO

11

22

267

21

3

26

206

21

1

25

257

21

Chichester

ACIO

36

20.5

24

20

45

20.5

Chatham

AFCO

8

24

222

20.5

1

20

106

21

2

31

133

20.5

Canterbury

ACIO

45

20

49

21

46

22

Dover

ACIO

75

20.5

27

24.5

47

21.5

Tunbridge

ACIO

14

20

20

20.5

16

20

Portsmouth

AFCO

58

26.5

349

21.5

78

27

230

20.5

97

30.5

167

21

Aldershot

ACIO

122

21.5

85

21.5

79

21.5

Newport IoW

ACIO

30

20.5

8

20

3

21

Southampton

ACIO

154

20.5

95

20.5

96

21

Reading

AFCO

129

22

91

23.5

105

21.5

Guildford

ACIO

56

21.6

78

20.5

70

21.2

Oxford

ACIO

33

25

121

20.5

15

26

88

21

8

27

88

21

Milton Keynes

ACIO

44

20.5

52

21

69

21

ACA 1 (HE and Adult) South East

 

62

23.5

50

24

86

24

ACA 1 (Schools and colleges) Home Counties

 

3

21.5

3

24

1

24.5

ACA 1 (Schools and colleges) South East

 

8

23.5

6

21.5

9

22

              

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43—Wessex

             

Bournemouth

AFCO

4

22

236

21.5

9

24

131

22.5

3

30

261

21.5

Salisbury

ACIO

71

20.5

50

20.5

71

21

Bristol

AFCO

19

25

279

21

5

26

128

22

1

26

145

21

Bath

Clinic

8

21

14

21.5

32

22

Exeter

AFCO

9

24

232

20.5

3

22

106

20.5

4

26

133

21

Barnstaple

ACIO

35

21

15

20

31

20

Taunton

ACIO

126

20.5

69

20.5

83

21.5

Torquay

ACIO

46

20

26

21

46

21

Gloucester

AFCO

11

24

217

21.5

2

23

123

21

6

24

130

21

Swindon

Clinic

45

21

20

22

29

22

Plymouth

AFCO

66

23

306

20.5

35

23.5

151

20.5

45

22.5

187

21.5

Redruth

AFCO

1

31

176

20.5

84

21.5

80

21.5

ACA 1 (HE and Adult) Wessex

 

27

24

52

24

67

23.5

ACA 1 (Schools and colleges) South West

 

6

22

6

24

6

24

ACA 1 (Schools and colleges) Wessex

 

12

24

10

25

15

24

              

London district

             

London

AFCO

99

23.2

247

22.5

96

23.5

160

23

85

23.1

199

23

Bromley

ACIO

97

22

52

22

80

22

Croydon

ACIO

106

21.5

68

22

93

22.5

Herford

Clinic

29

20

25

19.5

43

20

Ilford

ACIO

175

22

76

22.5

103

23.5

Victoria (R. Row)

ACIO

185

25.5

53

24.5

78

25.5

Wembley

ACIO

127

22.5

51

23.5

57

23.5

ACA 1 (HE and Adult) London

 

64

24.5

72

24.5

52

25

ACA 1 (Schools and colleges) London

 

1

19.5

4

23.5

1

20.5

              

38—Northern Ireland

             

Belfast

AFCO

10

24

203

22

10

22.8

163

21

5

24

149

21

Enniskillen

ACIO

66

21

59

22

75

22

Coleraine

ACIO

42

20

27

20

43

21

Portadown

ACIO

67

21.5

39

22

58

21.5

ACA 1 Northern Ireland

 

14

24

  

18

24.5

  

20

24.5