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A recent UNEP report set out the climate and health benefits of reducing global black carbon emissions and Government are considering what role, if any, the Climate Change Committee should have in advising on pollutants, such as black carbon, where there is emerging scientific evidence around their short-term impact on local warming.

Energy: Wind Generation

Question

Asked by Lord Donoughue

Lord De Mauley: The information gathered by DECC on (1) revenues, (2) capital costs and (3) the operating life of wind farm generation is set out in the Renewables Obligation Banding Review consultation document and accompanying Impact Assessment, which can be found at http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/consultations/cons_ro_review/cons_ro_review.aspx

The revenue assumptions used in our calculations (at page 20) included wholesale electricity prices, revenue from the sale of levy exemption certificates and ROCs (currently 1 ROC per MWh for onshore wind and 2 ROCs per MWh for offshore wind). The capital and operating costs for onshore and offshore wind come from the Arup report (also available at the website above), and are set out in Annex B (page 126) to the consultation document. The operating life of wind farms is assumed to be an average of 23 years for offshore equipment and 24 years for onshore equipment.

The banding review consultation closed on 12 January and the Government are currently considering new evidence provided through the consultation before setting the new levels of RO support. A government response is expected to be published in the spring.



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Environment: Sustainable Development

Question

Asked by Lord Judd

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): Paragraph 14 of the national planning policy framework sets out the presumption in favour of sustainable development and explains how it applies to plan-making and decisions on planning applications, including where specific policies in the framework indicate development should be restricted. Such policies include those relating to land within national parks, the Broads and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

EU: Data Protection

Question

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally): The UK Government will seek to ensure that the new European Commission data protection instruments strike a balance between protecting the rights of data subjects and satisfying the needs of data controllers. This means that we will seek to safeguard citizens' rights while also ensuring that businesses and the public sector can process data effectively and safely. Therefore, while we support freedom of information, there must, of course, be sufficient protection and privacy for individuals.

The regulation, which deals with general data processing, requires member states to provide for exemptions or derogations in order to reconcile data protection with freedom of expression with respect to the processing of data for literary, artistic or journalistic purposes.

EU-Israel Association Agreement

Question

Asked by Lord Warner



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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): The European Union (EU)-Israel Association Agreement is an important part of the framework governing co-operation between the EU and Israel. The agreement is reviewed annually, including application of the human rights clauses.

Progress towards a two-state solution is a key element of the relationship between the EU and Israel. The EU has been very clear that no progress can be made on upgrading the wider EU-Israel relationship until there is substantial progress towards a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

As a firm friend of Israel, the UK is keen to see closer ties between Israel and the international community, including the EU. We do not believe that the isolation of Israel is the way to achieve the positive steps that we would like to see. However, we support the EU's position that further upgrades in Israel's relationship with the EU would only follow progress towards peace.

European Court of Human Rights

Questions

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill



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The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally): As I made clear in my Written Answer on 21 March (WA169), when finalising the list of candidates for the office of the United Kingdom judge at the European Court of Human Rights, the Government complied with all the criteria of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

The Draft Committee of Ministers' Guidelines on the selection of candidates for the post of judge at the court have been under discussion and negotiation until very recently and were only adopted on 28 March 2012.

Paragraph 53 of the Explanatory Report to Protocol No. 14 to the convention makes clear it was decided not to fix an additional age limit for candidates and consequently the reference to holding office for at least half the nine-year term before reaching the age of 70 is described as a general recommendation.

With regard to paragraph 8a of the preamble to the Interlaken Declaration of February 2010, calling on states to ensure "full satisfaction of the Convention's criteria for office as a judge of the Court, including knowledge of public international law", knowledge of public international law is not included in the criteria for office in Article 21 of the convention.

With regard to paragraph 19(ii) of Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1649 (2004), which invited Governments to ensure all candidates "have experience in the field of human rights" before submitting lists of candidates, all the applicants for the office of the United Kingdom judge at the European Court of Human Rights completed the standard Council of Europe proforma CV, which requires evidence of their "activities and experience in the field of human rights".

Finance: Initial Public Offering Listings

Question

Asked by Lord Kennedy of Southwark

The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Sassoon): The Government believe it is important to create the right environment for businesses to grow and strive to create a proportionate regulatory framework in which companies can raise capital efficiently and investors have confidence.



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Firearms: Licensing

Questions

Asked by Lord Laird

The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Henley): The grant or renewal of firearms certificates is a matter for the chief officer of police of the force where the applicant resides.

Asked by Lord Laird

Lord Henley: The chief officer of police has the responsibility, under the Firearms Acts, for determining the administration and management of firearms licensing departments in their force area.

Food: Sugar

Question

Asked by Lord Harrison

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The Government have no current plans to publish sugar reduction targets.

On 24 March, the Government announced an initial tranche of signatories to the Responsibility Deal calorie reduction pledge, under which businesses make commitments to support and enable their customers to eat and drink fewer calories. Reducing sugar content in food and soft drinks is one of a range of actions businesses might take to help achieve this.

Gaza

Question

Asked by Baroness Tonge

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): We have consistently urged the Israeli authorities to investigate any crimes committed during Operation Cast Lead and to prosecute those responsible, and will continue to do so.



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Goldman Sachs

Questions

Asked by Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: This information is not held centrally. It is the responsibility of individual Contracting Authorities to carry out due diligence checks.

Asked by Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: The Government do not hold a list of approved bidders for government contracts and the awarding of contracts falls to individual departments according to their needs.

Government Departments: Bonuses

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: Non-consolidated performance-related payments (NCPRP) are one-off, non-pensionable awards that are primarily used to reward individuals for high performance against annual business objectives. Since May 2010, NCPRP for senior civil servants has been cut back. This has been achieved by reducing the number of people who receive awards from 65% to 25% of senior civil servants, so that only those who have given exceptional performance over the year are rewarded. This has delivered savings of around £15 million. Departments and agencies are responsible for determining which of their senior staff should receive such rewards against criteria set by the Cabinet Office. Non-senior staff are covered by delegated pay arrangements and the proportion of staff receiving such awards and the eligibility criteria for NCPRP is a matter for each department and agency. Further information on NCPRP was published on departmental websites and linked to data.gov.uk in October 2011.



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Government Departments: Opinion Polls

Questions

Asked by Lord Laird

The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Sassoon): Between April 2010 and March 2012, 39 research projects involving quantitative surveys asking people or businesses about their attitudes and behaviours have been carried out for HM Revenue and Customs. A table covering the issues, timing, costs and number of interviews of each survey is below. No opinion polls were carried out by HM Treasury during the period.

HM Revenue and Customs has been conducting similar numbers of research surveys each year for several years to collect information from individuals and businesses on attitudes and behaviour to support operational delivery and the tax policy functions of the Department and HM Treasury. HMRC research includes surveys that collect data on attitudes and views from individuals and business alongside details of their behaviour. This research helps assess the quality and efficiency of service delivery and is used to design, implement and evaluate new policies and services.

HMRC ensures all research it undertakes provides value for money. All projects have a business case developed and go through a formal professional services commissioning request process requiring sign off at senior level. Projects are designed, commissioned and managed by research specialists in HMRC, who ensure delivery of relevant, timely and cost effective outputs.



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HMRC Research Surveys in 2010-11 and 2011-12 including questions on opinions
Issues covered by the surveyWhen it was conductedCost of surveyNumber of respondents

Panel Survey of Tax Credit and Child Benefit Claimants (2010/11)

Telephone: Aug - Sep 2010. Face to Face: Nov 2010 - Feb 2011.

£392,700

1,945 face to face interviews, 808 telephone interviews

Telephone Survey of the Panel Study of Tax Credits and Child Benefit (2011/12)

Nov - Dec 2011

£68,416

1,032 telephone interviews

2009 Large Business Customer Experience Survey

Aug 2009 - May 2010

£169,236

1,088 large businesses

Core Longitudinal Business Panel Survey

Aug 2010 - Apr 2011

£135,920

1,770 large businesses

Large Business Tax Opinions Survey

Feb 2011 - May 2012

£88,307

1,262 large businesses

Panel survey of the UK large business population (2011/12)

Jul 2011 - Apr 2012

£121,536

1,665 large businesses

Compliance Perceptions Survey with individuals (2010/11)

Aug - Dec 2010

£86,082

2,420 individuals

Compliance Perceptions Survey with individuals (2011/12)

Sep 2011 - Mar 2012

£99,272

2,772 individuals

Compliance Perceptions Survey with small and medium sized enterprises (2010/11)

Sep - Oct 2010

£49,975

850 small and medium sized enterprises

Compliance Perceptions Survey with small and medium sized enterprises (2011/12)

Jan - Mar 2012

£64,680

1,124 small and medium sized enterprises

Impact of campaigns on taxpayer attitudes

Jan - Feb 2011

£71,150

2,000 telephone interviews with electricians

HMRC Customer Survey 2008-11 (2010/11)

Apr 2010 - Mar 2011

£868,000

10,000 Individuals, 8,000 small and medium sized businesses and 6,000 Tax Agents all interviewed by telephone

HMRC Customer Survey 2011-15 (2011/12)

Apr 2011 - Mar 2012

£681,197

7,278 Individuals, 5,400 small and medium sized businesses and 3,390 Tax Agents all interviewed by telephone.

Contact Centre Customer Survey (2010/11)

Sep 2010 - Mar 2011

£57,019

2,196 telephone interviews with individuals, businesses or agents

Contact Centre Customer Survey (2011/12)

Apr 2011 - Mar 2012

£79,763

4,400 telephone interviews with individuals, businesses or agents

Child Trust Fund Evaluation - Wave 2

Feb - Mar 2010

£55,000

2,549 parents

Regional Employer National Insurance Contributions (NICs) Holiday Scheme Survey

Jun - Nov 2010

£34,997

849 agents and 291 businesses

High Net Worth Customer Survey

Sep - Oct 2011

£77,572

804 agents

IT, NICs and PAYE - small business behaviour and attitudes

Nov 2011 - Jan 2012

£118,055

1,500 small employers

Personal tax transparency - omnibus survey

Feb 2012

£11,425

2,109 individuals

HMRC handling of Personal Tax Complaints

Apr 2010 - Mar 2011

£151,600

2,000 interviews

HMRC Reputation with Personal & Business Tax Customers

Nov 2010 - April 2011

£86,000

2,600 interviews

Information needs of people starting work.

Feb - Mar 2010

£112,000

1,179 interviews

Money Laundering Regulations: research to inform policy and compliance strategies.

Dec 2010 - Mar 2011

£312,000

2,200 interviews

Small and Medium Size Enterprises use of and attitudes to HMRC products and services.

Aug - Nov 2010

£113,750

2,500 interviews

Small and Medium Size Enterprises awareness of the VAT online mandation deadline (2010/2011)

Aug 2010 - Mar 2011

£8,735

500 interviews

Tax credit renewals campaign tracking 2010

Feb - Aug

£89,640

715 interviews

Tax For Business Self Assessment Campaign Tracking 2010

Feb 2010

£55,220

309 interviews

Tax For Business Self Assessment Campaign Tracking 2011

Nov 2010 - Feb 2011

£71,500

545 interviews

Communications to customers dealing with a) Capital Gains Tax and b) P800 Tax Calculation

Dec 2011 - Mar 2012

£45,000

916 interviews

Looking at the support needs of vulnerable HMRC customers

Feb - Mar 2012

£35,000

1,500 customers

Real Time Information

May 2011 - Mar 2012

£225,000

700 employer interviews 1,000 message testing interviews 1,800 awareness tracking interviews

Self Assessment penalty awareness tracking (wave 1)

Sep 2011

£9,800

1,020 interviews

Self Assessment penalty awareness tracking (waves 2-5)

Nov 2011 - Feb 2012

£34,450

4,452 interviews

Understanding difficulties encountered by small businesses

Sep - Nov 2011

£34,000

1,000 interviews

Small and medium size enterprises awareness of the VAT online mandation deadline (2011/12)

Aug 2011 - Mar 2012

£30,245

1,401 interviews

Tax for business Self Assessment Campaign Tracking

Sep 2011 - Mar 2012

£80,290

601 interviews

Tax credit renewals campaign tracking

Mar 2010 - Aug 2011

£49,100

712 interviews

Reputation - Corporate Stakeholder Engagement

Feb - Mar 2012

£50,000

100 Corporate stakeholders 50 Parliamentary stakeholders 20 Journalists

Asked by Lord Laird

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: This information is not collated centrally in the format requested and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Government Departments: Staff

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Sassoon): HMRC operates two bonus arrangements:

Annual performance awards

All civil servants are eligible to receive an annual performance award.

Performance award payments to those at grades up to the Senior Civil Service (SCS) are made where an individual is assessed as having achieved a top performance grade throughout the preceding year at their end of year appraisal.

Performance award payments to the SCS are reviewed and decided by the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Pay Committee. The Senior Salaries Review Body set the broader framework for performance awards across the Civil Service and HMRC works within that.



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Performance awards are awarded in line with Cabinet Office policy to reward delivery of personal business objectives during the reporting year or other short-term personal contributions to wider organisational objectives.

Recognition bonus scheme

All civil servants, except senior civil servants, are eligible to receive a recognition bonus.

Recognition bonuses are a reward for a visible demonstration of exceptional performance during the delivery of particularly demanding tasks, projects or situations. This is an immediate reward, outside the terms of the appraisal system.

Gulf of Guinea

Question

Asked by Viscount Waverley

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): The Government are concerned by a worsening maritime security situation in the Gulf of Guinea, with increasing incidents of armed robbery and violent attack against international shipping and seafarers in the region. A stable maritime security situation in the region is vital to the safety of seafarers and to the UK's energy security. The Government are working with international partners, regional countries and the shipping industry to establish a Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre to strengthen the capabilities of regional states to respond to maritime security incidents as they occur.

Health: Elderly People

Questions

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The information is shown in the following tables:

Total number of finished consultant episodes (FCE)1 and FCEs where the patient gender is male with main operative procedure2 as specified by patient age group for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11

Activity in English National Health Service Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.



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Patient Age GroupColorectal excision
2008-092009-102010-11
Total FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMale

75-79

12,506

6,780

13,628

7,423

14,982

8,259

80-84

8,456

4,276

9,060

4,704

9,659

4,888

85-89

3,970

1,803

4,396

1,953

4,426

2,057

90-94

604

237

694

242

886

323

95 & over

105

34

110

31

77

25

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Patient Age GroupOpen excision of prostate
2008-092009-102010-11
Total FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMale

75-79

283

283

271

271

263

263

80-84

92

92

103

103

75

75

85-89

19

19

22

22

16

16

90-94

3

3

3

3

2

2

95 & over

-

-

-

-

1

1

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Patient Age GroupBreast excision
2008-092009-102010-11
Total FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMale

75-79

3,001

39

3,154

49

3,213

48

80-84

1,938

44

2,009

36

2,102

41

85-89

891

13

995

14

995

18

90-94

186

1

235

4

228

5

95 & over

28

36

1

44

-

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Patient Age GroupInguinal hernia repair
2008-092009-102010-11
Total FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMale

75-79

7,117

6,417

6,781

6,119

6,599

5,967

80-84

4,845

4,297

4,722

4,164

4,548

4,010

85-89

2,285

1,964

2,238

1,902

2,236

1,892

90-94

428

334

500

394

511

421

95 & over

69

46

78

57 _

74

48

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre



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Patient Age GroupAbdominal aortic aneurysm aorta replacement
2008-092009-102010-11
Total FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMale

75-79

828

673

741

620

595

493

80-84

559

432

454

344

397

318

85-89

161

113

133

95

134

98

90-94

7

6

5

3

7

6

95 & over

-

-

-

-

-

1

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

1 FCE

An FCE is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which they end. Figures do not represent the number of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year.

2 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, (eg time waited),

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but a more complete count of episodes with a particular procedure is obtained by looking at the main and the secondary procedures.

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Earl Howe: The information is shown in the following tables:

Total number of finished admissions episodes1 (FAEs) and FAEs where the method of admission is emergency3 where a main operative procedure2 as identified has been carried out, by age group for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Activity in English National Health Service Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.

Patient Age GroupColorectal excision
2008-092009-102010-11
Total FAEsEmergency FAEsTotal FAEsEmergency FAEsTotal FAEsEmergency FAEs

75-79

11,600

1,106

12,673

1,077

14,104

1,143

80-84

7,604

950

8,208

998

8,823

932

85-89

3,458

574

3,834

614

3,894

565

90-94

498

132

564

139

730

142

95 & over

78

23

84

26

66

28

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Patient Age GroupOpen excision of prostate
2008-092009-102010-11
Total FAEsEmergency FAEsTotal FAEsEmergency FAEsTotal FAEsEmergency FAEsTotal FAEs

75-79

279

9

262

6

260

4

80-84

89

2

98

3

73

2

85-89

19

1

22

1

15

1

90-94

3

-

3

-

2

95 & over

_

-

-

-

-

-

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Patient Age GroupBreast excision
2008-092009-102010-11
Total FAEsEmergency FAEsTotal FAEsEmergency FAEsTotal FAEsEmergency FAEs

75-79

2,993

17

3,134

11

3,202

9

80-84

1,925

17

2,003

3

2,089

4

85-89

879

8

979

10

987

2

90-94

183

2

232

5

224

1

95 & over

28

-

34

1

43

1

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre



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Patient Age GroupInguinal hernia repair
2008-092009-102010-11
Total FAEsEmergency FAEsTotal FAEsEmergency FAEsTotal FAEsEmergency FAEs

75-79

7,029

416

6,695

393

6,520

417

80-84

4,758

396

4,626

434

4,467

398

85-89

2,213

308

2,172

355

2,168

339

90-94

413

115

468

128

491

137

95 & over

67

24

72

29

69

30

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Patient Age GroupAbdominal aortic aneurysm aorta replacement
2008-092009-102010-11
Total FAEsEmergency FAEsTotal FAEsEmergency FAEsTotal FAEsEmergency FAEs

75-79

778

263

682

235

561

230

80-84

522

208

415

192

355

179

85-89

140

79

122

72

118

79

90-94

7

7

2

-

5

3

95 & over

-

-

-

-

1

1

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

1 FAE

An FAE is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

2 Main procedure

The first recorded procedure or intervention in each episode, usually the most resource intensive procedure or intervention performed during the episode.

3 Emergency Admissions

An emergency admission is one where the admission method is recorded as one of the following codes:

21 Emergency - via Accident and Emergency (A&E) services, including the casualty department of the provider

22 Emergency - via General Practitioner (GP)

23 Emergency - via Bed Bureau, including the Central Bureau

24 Emergency - via consultant out-patient clinic

28 Emergency - other means, including patients who arrive via the A&E department

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Earl Howe: The information is shown in the following tables:

Mean and Median time waited (days) for finished admissions episodes1 with the main operative procedure2 as specified by patient age group for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11

Activity in English National Health Service Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.

Patient Age GroupColorectal excision
2008-092009-102010-11
MeanMedianMeanMedianMeanMedian

75-79

28

21

29

21

30

21

80-84

27

20

30

21

28

21

85-89

27

20

28

20

27

21

90-94

27

20

31

21

32

20

95 & over

30

20

32

23

28

20

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Patient Age GroupOpen excision of prostate
2008-092009-102010-11
MeanMedianMeanMedianMeanMedian

75-79

48

35

43

31

38

29

80-84

44

29

49

34

37

30

85-89

62

61

76

50

55

40

90-94

17

17

128

137

35

35

95 & over

-

-

-

-

-

-

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre



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Patient Age GroupBreast excision
2008-092009-102010-11
MeanMedianMeanMedianMeanMedian

75-79

21

17

21

18

20

19

80-84

21

19

24

19

21

20

85-89

21

18

26

20

22

20

90-94

21

19

22

20

22

20

95 & over

22

17

19

18

22

21

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Patient Age GroupInguinal hernia repair
2008-092009-102010-11
MeanMedianMeanMedianMeanMedian

75-79

63

55

66

57

68

61

80-84

63

56

66

57

70

62

85-89

65

54

67

56

69

61

90-94

64

57

64

58

65

55

95 & over

52

46

52

53

68

62

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Patient Age GroupAbdominal aortic aneurysm aorta replacement
2008-092009-102010-11
MeanMedianMeanMedianMeanMedian

75-79

35

26

35

25

37

27

80-84

38

26

37

26

38

28

85-89

29

20

81

20

39

34

90-94

-

-

33

33

54

54

95 & over

-

-

-

-

-

-

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

1 FAE

An FAE is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

2Main 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, (eg time waited), but a more complete count of episodes with a particular procedure is obtained by looking at the main and the secondary procedures.

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Earl Howe: The information is shown in the following tables.

Total number of finished consultant episodes (FCE)1 and FCEs where the patient gender is male with main operative procedure2 as specified by patient age group for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Activity in English National Health Service Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.

Patient AgeGroup Hip Replacement
2008-092009-102010-11
Total FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMale

75-79

16,880

5,894

16,866

5,974

17,386

6,260

80-84

14,401

4,076

14,550

4,413

15,299

4,581

85-89

11,231

2,736

11,486

2,816

11,330

2,901

90-94

4,255

927

4,306

921

4,958

1,163

95 & over

1,466

265

1,477

257

1,504

270

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Patient Age GroupKnee Replacement
2008-092009-102010-11
Total FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMale

75-79

13,484

5,428

12,816

5,263

13,159

5,524

80-84

7,817

3,068

7,565

3,037

7,740

2,898

85-89

2,763

944

2,772

1,015

2,891

1,090

90-94

287

95

284

95

389

127

95 & over

22

10

32

6

22

9

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Patient Age GroupCoronary artery bypass graft
2008-092009-102010-11
Total FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMale

75-79

701

444

599

397

586

364

80-84

436

285

420

266

407

275

85-89

131

81

129

80

128

86

90-94

12

7

6

5

5

4

95 & over

-

-

-

-

-

-

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre



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Patient Age GroupCochlea implant
2008-092009-102010-11
Total FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMale

75-79

33

20

35

14

32

21

80-84

20

7

16

9

16

7

85-89

7

5

5

3

7

1

90-94

2

2

2

2

3

2

95 & over

-

-

-

-

-

-

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Patient Age GroupCholecystectomy
2008-092009-102010-11
Total FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMaleTotal FCEsMale

75-79

3,057

1,215

3,139

1,330

3,158

1,294

80-84

1,321

515

1,420

581

1,425

588

85-89

486

196

480

168

445

154

90-94

61

23

53

16

69

•25

95 & over

5

-

9

2

6

2

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

1 FCE

An FCE is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which they end. Figures do not

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represent the number of different patients, as a person many have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year.

2 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, (eg time waited), but a more complete count of episodes with a particular procedure is obtained by looking at the main and the secondary procedures.

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Earl Howe: The information is shown in the following tables.

Total number of finished admissions episodes1 (FAEs) and FAEs where the method of admission is emergency3 where a main operative procedure2 as identified has been carried out, by age group for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.


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