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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will place in the Library up-dated versions of tables 1 to 11 at the back of the 2000 Departmental Report (Cm 4614); and if he will reintroduce these tables in future departmental reports. [158693]

Mr. Rooker: Following the introduction of resource accounting and budgeting (RAB) there have been a number of changes to the core tables produced in line with Treasury guidance and contained in all departmental reports. The aim of the tables is to provide an analysis of departmental expenditure plans. These are presented in the 2001 Departmental Report (Cm 5115) in resource terms, showing resource consumption and capital investment; Voted and Non-Voted expenditure and the plans agreed in the Spending Review for Departmental Expenditure Limits (DEL) and Annually Managed Expenditure (AME).

The format of the published Core Tables and Main Estimate Tables is intended to anticipate, as far as possible, the format of the Resource Accounts that will be published next year in respect of 2001-02. As in previous years the published departmental report includes key information on local authority expenditure (Table 8), administration costs (Table 9) and staff numbers (Table 10). Departmental Expenditure Limits, in cash terms are set out for the years 1995-96 to 2000-01 in Table 11. Detailed plans are set out in Table 4 and a high level summary provided in Table 1.

We are currently considering what further information might be provided and the most effective way of communicating it. We hope to make an announcement in the near future.

Automated Credit Transfers

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security to what extent his target of having 85 per cent. of customers having benefits paid into their bank by 2005 is consistent with the Government's plan to complete the transition to ACT by 2005; and if he will make a statement on his plans for those customers who do not receive payment by ACT by 2005. [159166]

Mr. Rooker: These two aims are entirely consistent. Payment directly into bank or building society accounts will become the normal method of payment for benefits and pensions starting in 2003 and completing in 2005.

We have always recognised that there will be some people who we will be unable to pay directly through bank or building society accounts, and some payments that cannot be made this way. This is reflected in our Public Service Agreement target of 85 per cent. of our customers having their benefits paid into bank or building society accounts by 2005. For those payments which we cannot make directly into bank or building society accounts, we are considering what alternative simple electronic money transmission system, which could also be accessed at post offices, will be commercially available.

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Sickness Absence

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what progress he has made on reducing his Department's sickness absence rates; what baseline figure was used to assess his Department's compliance with its PSA target on reducing sickness rates; what the Department's actual figure for 2000 was; and if he will make a statement. [159168]

Mr. Rooker: The Department's PSA targets are to achieve a reduction on sickness absence rates of 20 per cent. by the end of 2001 and 30 per cent. by the end of 2003. The targets are measured against the 1998 baseline figure of 12.1 average working days lost per person.

All appropriate recommendations of the Cabinet Office report "Working Well Together" have been introduced and action plans are in place across the Department to improve performance in managing attendance.

Performance for the year 2000 was 12.6 average working days lost. Performance was adversely affected at the start of the year by the influenza outbreak which was higher than normal.

Public Service Agreement Targets

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what sanction has been applied to his Department in cases where it has failed to meet its public service agreement targets. [159167]

Mr. Rooker: The purpose of the Public Service Agreement is not to set sanctions. It is to set high level objectives and challenging targets which can be properly measured and monitored.

The Department's performance against its 1998 Public Service Agreement targets was set out in the Social Security Departmental Report (Cm 5115, March 2001). This shows that the majority of the targets have been met or are on course to be met. Only one target had not been met--that relating to payment for goods and services within 30 days of receipt.


Ms Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will estimate the administrative cost of allowing pensioners a choice between receiving the Winter Fuel Payment and free television licence or a higher rate of state retirement pension. [159665]

Mr. Darling: The estimated costs are in the table.

£ million

Cost categoryYear one costAnnual cost thereafter(1)
System changes(2)6.00.0
Sending out mail-shot to 10.5 million pensioners(3)9.09.0
Processing the responses to the mail-shot(4)89.089.0

(1) The costing assumes that pensioners would be assessed annually.

(2) This cost covers the IT changes to DSS computer systems which would need to be made in order to give pensioners the option of how the payments were made to them. Several different computer systems would need to be partially recoded. The cost here relates mainly to man hours dedicated to recoding. We have assumed that these system changes would be made in such a way as to allow pensioners to subsequently change their payment option without further need for recoding.

(3) This covers the cost of mailing forms to 10.5 million pensioners every year asking them to choose how the payments are made to them.

(4) This covers the costs of processing the responses to the annual mailshot and would be the largest single component of the extra cost. It is estimated that, to the extent that processing 10.5 million payment request options every year was possible at all, it would require the equivalent of an additional 3,000 full-time civil servants.

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Departmental Costs

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's total gross running costs were for travel, including fares, subsistence, accommodation and other expenses met from public funds but excluding such costs for journeys and stays exclusively within the United Kingdom (a) in the three years ending on 30 April 1997 and (b) in the 12 months ending 30 April 1997. [157626]

Ms Stuart: The Department spent £499,905 in 1995-96 and £540,380 in 1996-97 on overseas travel and subsistence. Prior to this information was not gathered on a similar basis.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total gross running costs were to his Department in the 12 months ending 31 December 1996 of entertaining by Ministers and officials. [157625]

Ms Stuart: The Department does not collect the information in the form requested. Expenditure on hospitality for 1996-97 financial year amounted to £105,192.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many visits abroad have been made by officials on departmental business in the (a) three years ending 30 April 1997 and (b) 12 months ending 30 April 1997. [157624]

Ms Stuart: The information requested is not available centrally.

NHS CT Scanners

Mr. Jack: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the NHS acute trusts which have NHS CT scanners, indicating for each trust the ratio of beds to scanners. [157016]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 9 April 2001]: The following data for numbers of acute hospital beds in trusts come from the National Health Service Executive 1999-2000.

The numbers of CT scanners is derived from a survey carried out in 2000.

The information in the table is correct as of 1 April 2001. Statistical information is updated on a monthly basis and is available at

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Region name Trust nameAcute beds per CT
TrentNottingham City Hospital NHS Trust883
West MidlandsDudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust816
North WestWirral Hospital NHS Trust814
South WestRoyal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust748
North WestAintree Hospitals NHS Trust741
LondonHavering Hospitals NHS Trust732
EasternNorfolk and Norwich Health Care NHS Trust720
West MidlandsThe Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust683
South WestRoyal Devon and Exeter Healthcare NHS Trust672
South WestSouth Devon Healthcare NHS Trust663
North WestBlackpool Victoria Hospital NHS Trust658
South WestRoyal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Trust654
South WestTaunton and Somerset NHS Trust650
TrentDoncaster Royal Infirmary and Montagu Hospital NHS Trust643
North WestSt. Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust643
South WestSwindon and Marlborough NHS Trust629
Northern and YorkshireCity Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust627
North WestBurnley Healthcare NHS Trust626
EasternMid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust617
North WestNorth Manchester Healthcare NHS Trust617
North WestWigan and Leigh Health Services NHS Trust612
South WestNorth Bristol NHS Trust598
Northern and YorkshireNorth Durham Health Care NHS Trust582
North WestOldham NHS Trust582
South EastBrighton Health Care NHS Trust578
South EastRoyal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals NHS Trust577
South EastNorthampton General Hospital NHS Trust573
North WestStockport NHS Trust571
EasternIpswich Hospital NHS Trust563
West MidlandsNorth Staffordshire Hospital NHS Trust561
North WestBury Health Care NHS Trust539
South WestRoyal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust538
West MidlandsSandwell Healthcare NHS Trust536
TrentNorthern General Hospital NHS Trust534
TrentThe Kings Mill Centre for Health Care Services NHS Trust533
TrentSouthern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust530
North WestBolton Hospitals NHS Trust529
South WestEast Gloucestershire NHS Trust529
West MidlandsCity Hospital NHS Trust528
Northern and YorkshireGateshead Health NHS Trust527
LondonMayday Healthcare NHS Trust519
North WestBlackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Health Care NHS Trust517
LondonKingston Hospital NHS Trust504
TrentBarnsley District General Hospital NHS Trust500
South WestGloucestershire Royal NHS Trust499
LondonSt. Mary's Hospital NHS Trust498
EasternSouthend Hospital NHS Trust495
Northern and YorkshireYork Health Services NHS Trust488
North WestRoyal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust486
Northern and YorkshireSouth Tees Acute Hospitals NHS Trust477
West MidlandsBirmingham Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust475
South EastFrimley Park Hospital NHS Trust475
EasternPeterborough Hospitals NHS Trust474
South WestPoole Hospitals NHS Trust463
EasternJames Paget Healthcare NHS Trust460
TrentChesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital NHS459
South EastHeatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust449
EasternEssex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust448
North WestThe Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust447
South WestPlymouth Hospitals NHS Trust445
Northern and YorkshirePinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals NHS Trust443
TrentUniversity Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust439
South EastKettering General Hospital NHS Trust435
West MidlandsWalsall Hospitals NHS Trust432
TrentQueen's Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust431
South EastPortsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust429
LondonThe Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust429
South EastEastbourne Hospitals NHS Trust426
EasternBasildon and Thurrock General Hospitals NHS Trust425
EasternWest Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust423
South EastMedway NHS Trust421
TrentRotherham General Hospitals NHS Trust418
Northern and YorkshireLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust417
West MidlandsMid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust416
North WestCountess of Chester Hospital NHS Trust414
LondonKing's Healthcare NHS Trust413
North WestWarrington Hospital NHS Trust413
South WestSalisbury Healthcare NHS Trust405
South EastSouth Buckinghamshire NHS Trust402
North WestRochdale Healthcare NHS Trust401
South EastStoke Mandeville Hospital NHS Trust401
West MidlandsGood Hope Hospital NHS Trust400
West MidlandsSouth Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust398
LondonRedbridge Health Care NHS Trust395
South EastWorthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust388
North WestSouth Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust387
LondonBromley Hospitals NHS Trust386
South EastRoyal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust386
EasternAddenbrooke's NHS Trust381
South EastSouthampton University Hospitals NHS Trust379
West MidlandsUniversity Hospitals of Coventry And Warwickshire NHS Trust378
North WestTameside and Glossop Acute Services NHS Trust377
West MidlandsRoyal Shrewsbury Hospitals NHS Trust374
North WestMorecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust368
TrentNorth East Lincolnshire NHS Trust367
Northern and YorkshireScarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust367
Northern and YorkshireBradford Hospitals NHS Trust362
LondonGreenwich Healthcare NHS Trust361
South EastDartford and Gravesham NHS Trust358
Northern and YorkshireHuddersfield Health Care Services NHS Trust356
LondonBarnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust354
South EastEast Kent Hospitals NHS Trust352
LondonHomerton Hospital NHS Trust350
LondonChelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust342
LondonNewham Healthcare NHS Trust340
Northern and YorkshireSouth Tyneside Healthcare NHS Trust336
EasternEast and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust335
Northern and YorkshireCarlisle Hospitals NHS Trust333
South EastMilton Keynes General Hospital NHS Trust333
West MidlandsUniversity Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust333
TrentScunthorpe and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust332
LondonNorth West London Hospitals NHS Trust330
South EastWinchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust330
TrentUnited Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust329
LondonWest Middlesex University NHS Trust326
South WestWest Dorset General Hospitals NHS Trust325
Northern and YorkshireCalderdale Healthcare NHS Trust324
Northern and YorkshireAiredale NHS Trust322
LondonEaling Hospital NHS Trust322
EasternLuton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust322
South WestUnited Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust321
LondonEpsom and St. Helier NHS Trust316
Northern and YorkshireHarrogate Health Care NHS Trust315
North WestCentral Manchester Healthcare NHS Trust314
LondonForest Healthcare NHS Trust312
EasternThe Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust311
North WestEast Cheshire NHS Trust310
LondonNorth Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust309
South WestEast Somerset NHS Trust308
South WestNorthern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust306
North WestPreston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust300
Northern and YorkshireNorth Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust299
LondonWhittington Hospital NHS Trust299
Northern and YorkshireThe Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust298
Northern and YorkshireDewsbury Health Care NHS Trust292
LondonThe Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust291
North WestChorley and South Ribble NHS Trust290
LondonQueen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust290
EasternKings Lynn and Wisbech Hospitals NHS Trust289
EasternBedford Hospitals NHS Trust286
Northern and YorkshireSouth Durham Health Care NHS Trust285
North WestSalford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust283
South EastNorth Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust281
Northern and YorkshireNorthumbria Healthcare NHS Trust281
South EastAshford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust275
LondonGreat Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust275
West MidlandsBurton Hospitals NHS Trust274
West MidlandsGeorge Eliot Hospital NHS Trust273
South EastHastings and Rother NHS Trust271
Northern and YorkshireHull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust270
Northern and YorkshireWest Cumbria Healthcare NHS Trust270
South EastSurrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust269
LondonGuy's and St. Thomas' NHS Trust265
EasternHinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust259
South EastOxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust247
South WestWeston Area Health NHS Trust243
South EastIsle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust241
North WestTrafford Healthcare NHS Trust241
West MidlandsThe Princess Royal Hospital NHS Trust239
TrentBassetlaw Hospital and Community Health Services NHS Trust238
TrentCentral Sheffield University Hospitals NHS Trust237
North WestRoyal Liverpool Childrens NHS Trust236
LondonRoyal Free Hampstead NHS Trust235
South EastMid Sussex NHS Trust230
North WestSouthport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust228
Northern and YorkshireNorthallerton Health Services NHS Trust227
EasternWest Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust216
LondonThe Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust213
South EastMaidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust210
LondonRoyal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust204
LondonBarts and The London NHS Trust203
LondonThe Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust201
West MidlandsWorcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust194
LondonSt. George's Healthcare NHS Trust192
West MidlandsBirmingham Children's Hospital NHS Trust188
North WestThe Cardiothoracic Centre--Liverpool NHS Trust186
LondonUniversity College London Hospitals NHS Trust185
EasternPapworth Hospital NHS Trust181
West MidlandsRobert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust172
North WestThe Manchester Children's Hospitals NHS Trust158
North WestHalton General Hospital NHS Trust142
TrentSheffield Children's Hospital NHS Trust141
North WestChristie Hospital NHS Trust139
South EastThe Royal West Sussex NHS Trust135
West MidlandsHereford Hospitals NHS Trust124
LondonThe Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Trust124
North WestWalton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust111
North WestClatterbridge Centre For Oncology NHS Trust57

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Mr. Jack: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what standards are applied to determine the number of NHS CT scanners per head of the population for each NHS region. [157017]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 9 April 2001]: The provision of diagnostic CT scanners is decided locally in the context of regional capital investment plans.

The NHS Cancer Plan announced new investment of £570 million, which will address inequalities in access to services for cancer, including the provision of diagnostic CT scanners.

For funding of CT scanners we have produced a database of the numbers of CT scanners per head of population and have calculated the number of additional machines required in order to bring up the numbers in those regions which currently have a short-fall compared to the mean number of CT scanners per head of population nationally.

This equates to:

seven additional machines for South East region

seven additional machines for Eastern region

five additional machines for South West region

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two additional machines for Trent region

one additional machine for West Midlands region

22 additional machines in all.

Mr. Jack: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of population to the number of CT scanners is in each NHS region. [157018]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 9 April 2001]: Data for population estimates have been obtained from the Office for National Statistics. Data for the numbers of CT scanners have been derived from a survey of trusts carried out in 2000. Data correct as at 1 April 2001. More detailed information is available at, where the statistical information is updated on a monthly basis.

RegionCT scanners per regionPopulationPopulation per CT scanner
Northern and Yorkshire416,335,729154,530
North West446,595,330149,894
South West214,935,669235,032
West Midlands295,335,597183,986
South East408,698,745217,469

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