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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the calls to the help line and visits to the website resulted in job applications in respect of the first phase of the social care recruitment campaign announced on 19 October 2001. 
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work training by 5000 by 2004. As the current social work training takes two years, and the earliest that someone reacting to the campaign could join a course is autumn 2002, we would not expect the campaign to cause an increase in job applications until summer 2004 at the earliest.
Jacqui Smith: [holding answer 6 February 2002]: The overall aim of the social care recruitment campaign is to raise the number of people applying for social work training by 5,000 by 2004. We will monitor numbers applying for training through the figures provided by the Social Work Admissions Service. The figures for autumn 2002 (the first year to be affected by the campaign) will be publicly available in December 2002.
The target for the first phase of the campaign (19 October 2001 to 30 November 2001) was to generate at least 9,000 calls to the help line. This target was exceeded by over 60 per cent., with over 14,000 calls to the help line as well as over 11,000 visitors to the campaign website.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statistical information is collected by the Medicines Control Agency to enable it to monitor the adverse effects associated with inappropriate use and overuse of medication. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 6 February 2002]: Reports of adverse effects to medicines are collated by the Medicines Control Agency (MCA) and the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) through the spontaneous reporting scheme, the Yellow Card Scheme. Although the main focus of this scheme is the early detection of previously unrecognised adverse reactions to medicines in normal clinical use, the Yellow Card Scheme does collect reports of adverse events arising from overdose or maladministration. A number of articles have been published in the regular bulletin "Current Problems in Pharmacovigilance" to alert health professionals to concerns in relation to specific medicines.
Guidance on the use and side effects of medicines is provided to patients in the "Patient Information Leaflet" which accompanies the medicine. The MCA and the CSM continually monitor the safety of all medicines to ensure that the product information contains appropriate and up-to-date guidance on safe, correct use at the recommended dose and warnings about side effects.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the expenditure by weighted head, in real terms using 200001 prices, by health authorities and primary care trusts in (a) Somerset and (b) Dorset for each year from 198586 to 200001; and if he will make a statement. 
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The expenditure per weighted head of population in for 199697 to 200001 in real terms is shown in the table. Data prior to 199697 are not comparable owing to the reorganisation of the national health service on 1 April 1996.
1. In many health authorities there are factors which distort the expenditure per head. These include:
the health authority acting in a lead capacity to commission health care or fund training on behalf of other health bodies;
asset revaluations in national health service trusts being funded through health authorities; and
some double counting of expenditure between health authorities and primary care trust within the health authority area.
Allocations per weighted head of population provide a much more reliable measures to identify differences between funding of health authorities.
2. Expenditure is taken from health authority and primary care trust summarisation forms which are prepared on a resource basis and therefore differ from allocations in the year. The expenditure is the total spent by the health authority and by the primary care trusts within each 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.
3. Health authorities and primary care trusts should account for their expenditure on a gross basis. This results in an element of double counting where one body acts as the main commissioner and is then reimbursed by other bodies. The effect of this double counting within the answer for 200001 cannot be identified.
Health authority accounts 199697 to 199899
Health authority summarisation forms 19992000 and 200001
Primary Care Trust summarisation schedules 200001
Weighted population estimates 199697 to 200001
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Somerset county council, dated 29 November 2001, to his Department on social services funding; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 6 February 2002]: The Department has no record of receiving the original letter from Chris Davies, corporate director of Somerset county council. A duplicate copy of this letter was received on 1 February 2002. A reply will be sent as soon as possible.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been waiting for more than (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) nine months, (d) 12 months, (e) 15 months and (f) 18 months for (i) in-patient and (b) out patient treatment in (A) Somerset and (B) Dorset health authorities; and if he will make a statement. 
|Somerset HA||Dorset HA|
|18 months plus||0||0|
Hospital in-patient waiting list statistics, England, population based: The "Yellow Book".
|Somerset HA||Dorset HA|
|26 weeks plus||818||35|
Waiting times for first out-patient appointment, England, population based: The "Purple Book".
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 26970W, on NHS appointments, how many people in each year since 1996 who have been appointed to a position within the NHS have declared a political interest, broken down by political parties; and what proportion of the total number of appointees this represents for each political party. 
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