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Libel

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many libel actions arising from e-publications, websites and list serve subscription services have been started in the past two years; what proportion were settled in advance of a hearing; and what proportion were found (a) for and (b) against the plaintiff. [154539]

Mr. Lock: The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Restrictive Practices (QCs)

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the Office of Fair Trading's recommendations concerning restrictive practices in the legal profession with particular reference to the QC system. [153628]

Mr. Lock: The Report by the Director General of the Office of Fair Trading, on competition in the market for professional services, raises a number of complex issues which need to be considered. The Government will issue a consultation paper in due course inviting comments.

HEALTH

North Cheshire Health Authority

Mr. Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources have been allocated to North Cheshire health authority for (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01. [148850]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 14 February 2001]: The final cash-limited allocations to North Cheshire health authority for the past four years are shown in the table.

Year£ million
1997-98166.7
1998-99183.5
1999-2000208.1
2000-01228.7

Kensington, Chelsea and

Westminster Health Authority

Mr. Wilkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what date Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster health authority joined the Paddington Regeneration Partnership; [151261]

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Mr. Denham [holding answer 26 February 2001]: Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster health authority, together with St. Mary's Hospital National Health Service Trust, joined the Paddington Regeneration Partnership from its inception in January 1998. The Paddington Regeneration Partnership's stated aims are to establish Paddington as a premier business and residential district of London, facilitating sustainable economic vitality for the area and ensuring the products of regeneration benefit the surrounding communities.

The health authority and St. Mary's Hospital NHS Trust joined the Paddington Regeneration Partnership board to ensure that the benefits of regeneration and the potential substantial investment in the area are shared by the surrounding communities and promote the interests of the health service and its delivery in the area.

The health authority representative on the Paddington Regeneration Partnership was an assistant director, not a board member, although for six months of the period in question he acted at that level. He attended meetings of its Board on 15 occasions between 18 June 1998 and the present time. The dates were: 18 June 1998, 2 July 1998, 16 July 1998, 10 September 1998, 12 November 1998, 10 December 1998, 14 January 1999, 8 April 1999, 6 May 1999, 9 September 1999, 9 December 1999, 8 June 2000, 6 July 2000, 11 January 2001, 8 February 2001.

No member or officer of Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster health authority has or will receive any emolument from the Paddington Regeneration Partnership Board. No fees or financial benefits have been or will be received.

The application for the building of a Paddington Basin Health Campus was submitted to Westminster city council on 29 June 2000.

NHS Expenditure (North-west)

Mr. Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) planned and (b) actual expenditure was in the NHS in the north-west in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99 and (iii) 1999-2000. [151874]

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Mr. Denham: The planned and actual expenditure in the National Health Service in the north-west from 1997-98 up until 1999-2000 is as follows:

£ billion

Planned expenditureActual expenditure
1997-983.684.11
1998-994.014.51
1999-20004.615.27

Notes:

There are three main factors to consider in reviewing these figures:

Unlike the actual figures shown, planned expenditure collected at the beginning of the year does not include expenditure on services that are treated as non-cash limited;

Secondly, significant allocations are received during the year, after plans are submitted. These allocations comprise new money to the NHS, and also changes to the way in which funding to NHS trusts is provided; and

One-off items of expenditure can effect comparisons with related plans and previous years.


Specialist Health Services

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in respect of how many NHS specialist health services a person's health authority postcode affects the type of treatment that is available. [152684]

Mr. Denham: Our policy is to secure access to specialist services which is based on the patient's clinical need, not on the patient's postcode.

NHS Computer Systems

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2001, Official Report, columns 47-48W, if he will list the NHS hospital trusts which have submitted full business cases since January 1999; and which have since been approved by the NHS Executive; [153122]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 12 March 2001]: The information requested is given in the table. The table includes one full business case (for the scheme at Kettering General Hospital National Health Service Trust) which was not given in my answer of 29 January 2001, Official Report, columns 47-48W.

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Name of NHS Trust Type of investmentYear full business case submitted for approvalWhether full business case has been approvedDate of approval (where relevant)
Bolton Hospitals NHS TrustPatient Administration System and some Departmental systems1999YesDecember 1999
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS TrustOrder Comms/Results Reporting and Departmental systems1999YesFebruary 1999
Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS TrustPatient Administration System1999(27)YesJanuary 1999
Royal Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS TrustIntegrated Patient Management System1999(27)YesAugust 1999
Bury Health Care NHS Trust and Rochdale Healthcare NHS TrustElectronic Patient Records2000No, but decision imminentn/a
Calderdale Healthcare NHS TrustPicture Archiving and Communication System2000YesNovember 2000
Kettering General Hospital NHS TrustElectronic Patient Records2000Non/a
Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS TrustElectronic Patient Records2000YesDecember 2000
North Durham Health Care NHS TrustPicture Archiving and Communication System2000YesAugust 2000
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS TrustPatient Administration System2000YesSeptember 2000
South Manchester University Hospitals NHS TrustElectronic Patient Records and Picture Archiving and Communication System2000Non/a
Tameside Acute Services NHS TrustElectronic Patient Records2000Non/a

(27) The full business cases for the schemes at Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust and Royal Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust were first received in their Regional Offices of the NHS Executive in December 1998.


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