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The Prime Minister [holding answer 16 November 2001]: In accordance with the UK Climate Change Programme, Government policy is that wherever possible HFCs are only used where other safe, technically feasible, cost effective and more environmentally acceptable alternatives do not exist.
During the last 12 months 27 cooling units have been installed which contain HFCs. The manufacturer does not offer the option of non-HFC refrigerant because the available non-HFC refrigerants are not safe to use either in occupied enclosed spaces or enclosed spaces containing electrical equipment. All these systems comply with all relevant European Standards on the use of HFCs and safety in the workplace.
The Prime Minister: I met the Indian Prime Minister, Sri A B Vajpayee, in London for talks on 12 November. These talks followed on from discussions we had held when I visited New Delhi on 6 October. The 12 November talks focused largely on the coalition campaign against terrorism which India strongly supports, and the future of Afghanistan. The talks were timely and productive, and demonstrated the strength of the bilateral relationship.
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Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister in respect of the Forward Strategy Unit, what the budget is for (a) 200102 and (b) 200203; and how many (i) officials and (ii) special advisers are presently deployed to this unit. 
Mr. Alan Reid: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on departmental responsibility for financial assistance to shipping services between a port within Scotland and one outside Scotland. 
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Jacqui Smith: Currently residential special schools are required to register with the Department for Education and Skills, and the responsibility for welfare inspections lies with the local authority.
In April 2002 residential special schools will be required to register with the National Care Standards Commission when it takes on responsibility for the welfare inspections of boarding schools. Residential special schools will still be required to register with the DfES, which is responsible for educational inspections.
Mr. Hutton: The provisional underspend for health and personal social services in 200001 is £692 million. This includes health authorities, primary care trusts and national health service trusts. Final figures for 200001 will not be available until the annual accounts have been completed.
Over one third of this sum was a planned contingency to meet costs falling in the current financial year. The total underspend has been carried forward and is being used on provision of health care in this financial year.
Mr. Stinchcombe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the national shortage of (a) psychiatrists, (b) occupational therapists, (c) speech and language therapists, (d) GPs and (e) healthcare professionals engaged in palliative care in the national health service. 
Mr. Hutton: The NHS Plan recognises that the national health service needs more staff and commits the Government to increasing the size of the NHS work force. By 2004 there will be 7,500 more consultants, 1,000 more specialist registrars, 2,000 more general practitioners,
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20,000 extra nurses and over 6,500 extra therapists and other health professionals over a 1999 baseline. We have since rolled these targets forward and by 2005 there will be at least 10,000 more doctors and 20,000 more nurses over a 2000 baseline.
We are also increasing training numbers. Numbers of psychiatric specialist registrars (SpRs) are planned to increase by over 130 and palliative medicine SpRs by 15 during the period 2001 to 2004. There will be an additional 4,500 therapists and other health professionals (including occupational therapists and speech and language therapists) in the next three years as a result of the NHS Plan. We are also increasing general practitioner retainer numbers by 550 and nurse training commissions by 5,500 over the next three years.
The increases in all staff groups are essential for delivering the service improvements set out in the NHS Plan and improving access and delivering quality services at the right time in the right place.
|Health authority||Spending per head||Spending per weighted head|
|Barking and Havering||783.61||748.55|
|Bexley and Greenwich||850.60||828.82|
|Brent and Harrow||842.05||804.74|
|Bury and Rochdale||777.01||740.61|
|Calderdale and Kirklees||752.16||742.27|
|Camden and Islington||1,309.52||974.71|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||768.07||766.48|
|County Durham and Darlington||781.89||707.44|
|Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow||890.48||801.92|
|East and North Hertfordshire||679.89||755.61|
|East London and The City||1,050.29||812.98|
|East Riding and Hull||756.85||770.24|
|East Sussex, Brighton and Hove||814.92||778.73|
|Enfield and Haringey||853.78||791.72|
|Gateshead and South Tyneside||827.72||727.09|
|Isle of Wight||902.29||836.61|
|Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster||1,124.30||878.86|
|Kingston and Richmond||766.23||795.64|
|Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham||1,050.63||852.49|
|Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth||833.71||796.03|
|Newcastle and North Tyneside||875.42||787.58|
|North and East Devon||755.94||769.90|
|North and Mid Hampshire||675.63||813.99|
|North West Lancashire||823.75||746.26|
|Portsmouth and South East Hampshire||692.27||733.14|
|Redbridge and Waltham Forest||836.65||812.97|
|Salford and Trafford||847.61||784.35|
|South and West Devon||736.99||735.69|
|Southampton and South West Hampshire||707.61||758.07|
|St. Helens and Knowsley||797.28||722.31|
|Wigan and Bolton||773.24||717.35|
1. Expenditure is taken from health authority and primary care trust summarisation forms which are prepared on a resource basis and therefore differ from cash allocations in the year. The expenditure is the total spent on the purchase of health care by the health authority and by the primary care trusts within the health authority area. The majority of General Dental Services expenditure is not included in the health authority or primary care trust accounts and is separately accounted for by the Dental Practice Board.
2. Some health authorities act as lead commissioners for particular specialities which inflates their figures when compared with others and also causes differences between years. Other factors may also distort the figures so the results are therefore not all directly comparable with each other and with answers to similar questions for previous years.
1. Health authority audited summarisation forms 200001
2. Primary care trust audited summarisation schedules 200001
3. Mid year population estimates and weighted population estimates for 200001
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Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each health authority area in England, the expenditure on health, by weighted head of population, expressed in real terms for each of the last two years for which figures are available. 
|Barking and Havering||700.84||748.55|
|Bexley and Greenwich||793.77||828.82|
|Brent and Harrow||823.35||804.74|
|Bury and Rochdale||707.36||740.61|
|Calderdale and Kirklees||691.84||742.27|
|Camden and Islington||834.92||974.71|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||751.33||766.48|
|Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow||747.62||801.92|
|East and North Hertfordshire||707.99||755.61|
|East London and The City||789.78||812.98|
|East Sussex, Brighton and Hove||780.63||778.73|
|Enfield and Haringey||717.28||791.72|
|Gateshead and South Tyneside||677.22||727.09|
|Isle of Wight||773.74||836.61|
|Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster||795.92||878.86|
|Kingston and Richmond||769.12||795.64|
|Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham||804.71||852.49|
|Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth||839.01||796.03|
|Newcastle and North Tyneside||787.25||787.58|
|North and East Devon||724.43||769.90|
|North and Mid Hampshire||735.98||813.99|
|North West Lancashire||721.61||746.26|
|Portsmouth and South East Hampshire||682.05||733.14|
|Redbridge and Waltham Forest||748.03||812.97|
|Salford and Trafford||740.20||784.35|
|South and West Devon||726.34||735.69|
|Southampton and South West Hampshire||738.44||706.49|
|St. Helens and Knowsley||670.55||722.31|
|Wigan and Bolton||660.84||717.35|
1. Expenditure is taken from health authority and primary care trust summarisation forms which are prepared on a resource basis and therefore differ from cash allocations in the year. The expenditure is the total spent on the purchase of health care by the health authority and by the primary care trusts within the health authority area. The majority of general dental services expenditure is not included in the health authority or primary care trust accounts and is separately accounted for by the Dental Practice Board.
2. Some health authorities act as lead commissioners for particular specialties which inflates their figures when compared with others and also causes differences between years. Other factors may also distort the figures so the results are therefore not all directly comparable with each other and with answers to similar questions for previous years.
Health authority audited summarisation forms 19992000 and 200001. Primary care trust audited summarisation schedules 200001. Weighted population estimates for 19992000 and 200001. GDP deflator at market prices with 200001 as the base year.
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