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MOD Vehicles

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 21 January 2002, Official Report, column 555W, what criteria are laid down whereby operational requirements for the purchase of vehicles by the MOD police mean that the choice is not subject to competition. [30558]

Dr. Moonie: Purchases of vehicles for the Ministry of Defence Police are made on the basis of obtaining best value for money. The MOD police can make a request for a particular make and model of vehicle for specific operational requirements. Each request is scrutinised and considered on its individual merits. Where no competition takes place, we would still expect to secure discounted

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prices based on wider purchasing arrangements secured in a competitive environment. Typically requests for specific vehicles do not exceed 6 per year.


Hospital Developments

Mr. Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects each of the 12 hospital developments, announced on 15 February, to be completed. [10790]

Mr. Hutton: The table shows the current indicative timetables for the 12 new hospital developments which will be taken forward this year as announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 15 February 2001.

Trust Capital value (£ million)Anticipated date of contract signingAnticipated operational date
University Hospital Birmingham291Autumn 2003Spring 2008
Bradford Hospital116Summer 2004Winter 2007
North Bristol Mental Health68Spring 2002Winter 2005
Central Middlesex56Summer 2003Summer 2005
East Kent102Winter 2004Summer 2006
University Hospital Leicester286Winter 2005Winter 2010
Lewisham44Spring 2004Winter 2005
Peterborough135Autumn 2003Spring 2007
Salford Trust—Hope Hospital114Winter 2003Spring 2007
Tunbridge Wells175Autumn 2004Autumn 2007
Wakefield and Pontefract164Summer 2004Summer 2007
Whipps Cross—Forest Healthcare184Spring 2004Summer 2008

Private Beds

Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many private beds have been used by the NHS in the last five years. [13603]

Mr. Hutton: According to data collected from independent healthcare providers by the Independent Healthcare Association, since November 2000 at least 75,000 patients have been treated in the independent sector, paid for by the national health service. This figure includes out-patient appointments, day cases and in-patient treatment. A breakdown by type of operation will shortly be placed in the Library.

Operation Cancellations

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been cancelled in each quarter since 1997. [15062]

Mr. Hutton: Data are collected on the number of operations cancelled at the last minute. The latest published figures are for Quarter 1 2001–02. Copies of quarterly statistics on cancelled operations by health authority for the years requested are available in the Library.

MMR Vaccinations (Buckinghamshire)

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of eligible children were vaccinated with the MMR vaccine in South Buckinghamshire in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000 and (c) 2000–01. [27118]

Ms Blears: The information available about children immunised against measles, mumps and rubella is contained in the Statistical Bulletin "NHS Immunisation Statistics, England: 2000–01". A copy of the bulletin is in the Library and can also be found on the Department of Health website

Hospital Waiting Lists (Buckinghamshire)

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage was of patients waiting for in-patient treatment in the South Buckinghamshire health authority on 1 January in each of the years 1997 to 2002. [27117]

Ms Blears: Information is not available relating to the 1 January each year, nor for South Buckinghamshire health authority. Information is available on the total number of patients waiting at the end of each quarter in Buckinghamshire health authority as shown in the table. Information for the third quarter of this year is not yet available.

Number of patients waiting in Buckinghamshire health authority

Quarter 3Number

Hospital Treatment Costs

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost is to the national health service of treating an in-patient in a national health service hospital for one week. [26744]

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Mr. Hutton: No information is kept centrally on the average costs of an in-patient week in hospital; the data are collected by condition. The cost of any stay will vary due to the nature of the condition being treated, the age of the patient and any pre-existing conditions that the patient may have.

Cost information on in-patient, day case and out-patient treatments can be found on the Department's website Copies of the publication reference costs 2000 are available in the Library.

NHS Dentistry

Mr. Viggers: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies for new NHS dental patients are available in the Gosport constituency. [27152]

Ms Blears: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Waiting Lists

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which trusts have more than 10 per cent. of patients waiting on in-patient lists placed on suspended lists and more than 2 per cent. of patients waiting more than 12 months on in-patient lists; and which of these trusts have been investigated by the Department of Health for waiting list irregularities in the light of recommendations from the National Audit Office. [27366]

Mr. Hutton: The 13 trusts referred to in the National Audit Office report "Inappropriate adjustments to NHS waiting lists", which had more than 10 per cent. of patients waiting on in-patient waiting lists placed on suspended lists and more than 2 per cent. of patients waiting more than 12 months on in-patient waiting lists, are as listed.

Regional offices regularly monitor suspension rates of all trusts as part of the performance management function. Since the NAO report on 19 December, regional offices have been reviewing the position of the 13 noted trusts.

Emergency Contraception

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which areas the morning-after pill is available to (a) girls aged 14 and 15, (b) girls aged 12 and 13 and (c) girls under-12 without a doctor's prescription; and what measures are in place in each such area to address issues of child abuse. [28208]

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Yvette Cooper: All emergency contraception supplied to under-16s is a prescription only medicine (POM). This is provided under medical supervision which includes other health professionals supplying the POM product under patient group directions. Information collected centrally of the number or prescriptions for emergency hormonal contraception dispensed in family planning clinics and prescriptions dispensed in the community by community pharmacists and dispensing doctors in England is included in my reply to the hon. Member on 23 January 2002, Official Report, column 965W.

Health professionals providing contraception to under-16s do so within a legal framework established in 1986. This involves assessing the young person's competence to understand the choices they are making and whether the treatment is in their best interests. Health professionals, like any other professional whose work brings them into contact with children and families, should follow the Government's "Working Together to Safeguard Children" child protection guidance. This guidance sets out how all agencies and professionals should work together to promote children's welfare and protect them from abuse and neglect. It is intended to provide a national framework within which agencies and professionals at a local level—individually and jointly—draw up and agree upon their own more detailed ways of working together.

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