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1. To dispatch 96 per cent. of registration books for new vehicles in 16 working days from receipt.
2. To dispatch 96 per cent. of refunds of vehicle excise duty in 10 working days from receipt.
3. To dispatch 96 per cent. of vehicle excise licences in five working days from receipt of postal application.
4. To dispatch 96 per cent. of duplicate vehicle registration books in six working days from receipt of applications.
5. To dispatch 93 per cent. of all driving licences in nine working days from receipt of applications.
6. To dispatch substantive replies to 98 per cent. of written inquiries for information from the drivers and vehicles registers in three working days from receipt.
Waiting Times at Local Vehicle Licensing Offices:
7. To limit maximum waiting time at Local Vehicle Licensing Offices so that 96 per cent. of customers are attended to within 22 minutes during peak periods (the first eight and the last two working days of each month) and within 10 minutes at other periods.
8. To meet an overall efficiency gain of 2.5 per cent.
9. To reduce the unit cost per vehicle excise enforcement case by 0.5 per cent. in real terms compared to 1999-2000.
10. To limit the error rate (errors on any item sent out by the Agency) to a maximum of 0.5 per cent. of total Agency output.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the contracts entered into with private sector companies for the provision of goods or services since May 1997 where penalty clauses were triggered for non-performance; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Stuart: National Health Service bodies with contracts for goods or services with private sector companies where penalty clauses have been triggered for failure to perform to time or to standard were:
|NHS body||Nature of contract|
|East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust||Radio control system|
|Nottingham Health Authority||Headquarters building|
|Rotherham General Hospitals NHS Trust||Catering|
|Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham; University Hospital NHS Trust||Laundry|
|University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust||Laundry|
|Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust||Patient administration IT system|
|Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust||Cleaning|
|Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust||Laundry|
|Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust||Radiology services|
|West Dorset General Hospitals NHS Trust||Estate maintenance|
|Exeter Community Hospitals NHS Trust||Cleaning|
|South Devon Health Care NHS Trust||Laundry|
|East Somerset NHS Trust||Security|
|East Somerset NHS Trust||Orthotic services|
|Poole Hospitals NHS Trust||Cleaning|
|Northern and Yorkshire region|
|Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust||Payroll services|
|Wakefield and Pontefract Community Health NHS Trust||Information services|
|South Durham Health Care NHS Trust||Combined heat and power|
|Leeds Community and Mental Health Services NHS Trust||Community units for the elderly|
|Leeds Community and Mental Health Services NHS Trust||Community and mental health information system|
|Oxfordshire Mental Health NHS Trust||Mental health reprovision|
|East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust||Patient administration IT system|
|East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust||IT finance system|
|Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust||Energy management|
|Sussex Weald and Downs NHS Trust||IM and T service and support|
|Hampshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust||Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) agreement for minor works|
|South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust||Catering|
|Portsmouth Healthcare NHS Trust||Estates maintenance|
|Portsmouth Healthcare NHS Trust||Cleaning|
|Oxfordshire Ambulance NHS Trust||Ambulance vehicle construction|
|Oxfordshire Ambulance NHS Trust||Specialist computer software|
|Kent Ambulance NHS Trust||IT|
|Norfolk Mental Health Care NHS Trust||Supplies|
|North Essex Mental Health NHS Trust||Catering|
|West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust||Clinical waste incineration; energy maintenance|
|Papworth Hospital NHS Trust||Cleaning|
|Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust||Cleaning|
|Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust||Cleaning|
|East and North Hertfordshire Health Authority||Nursing homes; therapeutic care|
|Basildon and Thurrock NHS Trust||Laundry|
|Bromley Hospital NHS Trust||Domestic services|
|Camden and Islington Community Health NHS Trust||Cleaning; laundry; sterile supplies; patient transport; dairy supplies; taxi services|
|Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham Mental Health NHS Trust||Security|
|Forest Healthcare NHS Trust||Domestic services|
|Guys and St. Thomas NHS Trust||Security|
|Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust||Computer maintenance|
|Havering Hospitals NHS Trust||Energy management system|
|Kingston Hospital NHS Trust||Security|
|Newham Healthcare NHS Trust||Patient taxi service|
|North Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust||Computer maintenance; CCTV services|
|Riverside Community Health NHS Trust||Equipment maintenance|
|Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust||Boiler room maintenance; patient transport; fire precautions|
|St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust||Agency nursing|
|Bay Community NHS Trust||FM services|
|Alder Hey NHS Trust||Pharmacy|
|West Midlands region(1)|
(1) No known private sector contracts where penalty clauses have been triggered
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Mrs. Brinton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consultations he has had with (a) medical (b) patient and (c) other organisations as part of the review of the funding of specialised neurology services; 
(2) what representations he has received from (a) medical, (b) patient and (c) other organisations as part of the review into the funding of specialised neurology services. 
Mr. Denham: We are currently considering how best to undertake an independent review of the evidence for the use of neurostimulator implants in the treatment of severe Parkinson's Disease and we are not in a position at the moment to undertake consultations. Once we have established the best mechanism for taking this work forward we will then consult with the relevant bodies.
(a) Medical: 6
(b) Patients: 1
(c) Other organisations: 25 (generally the Parkinson's Disease Society and its local branches)
(d) Hon. Members' constituents: 3 (whether clinician or patient is unknown)
Mr. Denham: The Eastern Region Specialised Services Commissioning Group is reviewing the arrangements for specialised neurosciences in the light of the two recent national reports on standards and models of care.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list (a) the commercial companies which have paid staff on secondment to his Department and (b) the projects on which each secondee is working. 
Ms Stuart: Interchange is a key component of the reform agenda. The Modernising Government White Paper committed us to increasing interchange, in particular by bringing in more people on secondment and sending more people out. Secondments and attachments are part of the Interchange Initiative which promotes the exchange of people and good practice between the Civil Service and other organisations. All sectors of the economy are involved: voluntary, education, health, public and private.
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|British Airways||Organisational Development|
|Deloitte and Touche||Private Finance Initiative|
|Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd.||Private Finance Initiative|
|Herbert Smith||Private Finance Initiative|
|Macfarlanes||Private Finance Initiative|
Ms Stuart: Interchange is a key component of the reform agenda. The Modernising Government White Paper committed us to increasing interchange, in particular by bringing in more people on secondment and sending more people out. Secondments and attachments are part of the interchange initiative which promotes the exchange of people and good practice between the civil service and other organisations. All sectors of the economy are involved: voluntary, education, health, public and private.
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