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Social Inclusion

Mr. Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the funding programmes for social inclusion for which his Department is responsible that can be accessed by (a) national sports bodies and (b) local clubs and communities. [161008]

Yvette Cooper: Funding can be accessed from the Department through the following routes:

(1) Health Action Zones (HAZs) are multi-agency partnerships between the National Health Service, local authorities (including social services), the voluntary and business sectors and local communities. Their aim is to tackle inequalities in health in the most deprived areas of the country through health and social care modernisation programmes. As well as tackling key priorities such as coronary heart disease, cancer and mental health, and issues such as teenage pregnancy and smoking cessation, they are addressing other interdependent and wider determinants of health, such as housing, education and employment, and linking with other initiatives. As part of their local involvement programmes, many HAZs run "Community Chest" schemes where they invite applications from the local community to bid for funds for specific local projects.

(2) The National Service Framework for coronary heart disease and health improvement programmes enable health authorities to work with local health economies on the development of local programmes on smoking, healthy eating, physical activity, overweight and obesity. These programmes will be accessible to national sport bodies, local clubs and communities. One element of local plans to promote physical activity may be exercise referral schemes. These schemes involve a general practitioner or practice nurse referring a patient to facilities such as leisure centres or gyms for a supervised exercise programme.

(3) Section 64 grants provide money to voluntary organisations running projects connected to public health and social care.

Correspondence

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he intends to answer the letters to him dated 26 January, 1 March and 5 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Miss P. Mills; [160954]

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Ms Stuart: It is the Department's intention to reply to all outstanding correspondence from hon. and right hon. Members before the general election.

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he intends to answer the letters to him dated 1 February, 1 March and 5 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. A. Battersby; [160959]

Ms Stuart: Replies to my right hon. Friend's letters were sent on 10 May.

Adoption

Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adoptions of children (a) three years and under and (b) over three years broke down in (i) Stockton, (ii) Teesside and (iii) nationally, in each of the last three years. [160877]

Mr. Hutton: The Department of Health does not collect information on the number of adoptions which break down after the adoption order has been made.

Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children (a) under the age of three years and (b) three years and older were placed for adoption in each of the last three years in (i) Stockton, (ii) Teesside and (iii) nationally. [160879]

Mr. Hutton: The information is as follows.

Estimated number of children(13) placed for adoption, by age and selected local authority, at 31 March 1998-2000

Age at 31 March 199819992000
3 years and over
Stockton on Teesn/an/an/a
Teesside(14)191724
England1,1001,4001,600
Under 3 years
Stockton on Teesn/an/an/a
Teesside(14)342116
England1,3001,5001,600
All ages
Stockton on Tees16119
Teesside(14)533840
England 2,4002,9003,100

(13) Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements.

(14) For the purpose of this table Teesside is defined as being four local authorities: Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton on Tees.

Note:

Sample numbers in the Department's database are too small to provide reliable estimates.

n/a - not available.


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Fostering

Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children of (a) three years and under and (b) over three years were placed in a foster home in each of the last three years in (i) Stockton, (ii) Teesside and (iii) nationally. [160878]

Yvette Cooper: The information requested is given in the table.

Estimated number of children(15) in foster care, by age and selected local authority, at 31 arch 1998-2000

Age at 31 March199819992000
Under three years and over
Stockton on Tees132825
Teesside(16)7692104
England5,8006,0006,300
Over three years
Stockton on Tees8196101
Teesside(16)288322336
England29,20030,20031,600
All ages
Stockton on Tees94124126
Teesside(16)364414440
England5,00036,20037,900

(15) Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short-term placements.

(16) For the purpose of this table Teesside is defined as being four local authorities: Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees.


Roberts' Baby

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the records held at University College Hospital show happened to the internal organs of the Roberts' baby on or after 16 January 1979; [160836]

Mr. Denham: I am aware that this case is in the hands of solicitors and may be the subject of legal proceedings. It would, therefore, be inappropriate for me to comment on this at this time.

South Lancashire

Mr. Borrow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the changes in the level of NHS spending in south Lancashire as a result of the Budget. [159901]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 10 May 2001]: In his Budget statement on 7 March 2001, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced additional

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resources for the National Health Service in England of £300 million in 2001-02, £295 million in 2002-03 and £240 million in 2003-04.

South Lancashire health authority has received a total allocation of £223.3 million for 2001-02. This represents a cash increase of £18.2 million or 8.89 per cent. Final decisions have not yet been made for 2002-03 and 2003-04 allocations but all health authorities will receive a minimum increase of 6 per cent.

£500,000 has also been allocated to Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust for local capital modernisation projects.

Final decisions on the allocations from the remaining budget money have yet to be made.

GPs (Worthing)

Mr. Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many family doctors south of the railway in Worthing are accepting new patients other than at the direction of the health authority; and if he will make a statement. [161096]

Mr. Denham: At present, general practitioners' practices south of the railway line in Worthing are unable to voluntarily register new patients. West Sussex health authority is aware that there is a capacity problem in this area, since 1 April the health authority has allocated 98 patients and work is ongoing with the primary care agency to ensure all patients are registered with a GP. The health authority is currently working closely with primary care providers to provide solutions to this issue.


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