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Health Authority Chairmen

Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list health authority chairmen in England and Wales. [31663]

Ms Blears: The information requested is in the table.

Health authority
Existing HA chairs to 31 March 2002
Cllr. M. MorrisSalford and Trafford
Cllr. S. TaylorNottingham
Cllr. B. HarrisonManchester
Dr. C. VarlaamMerton, Sutton and Wandsworth
Dr. J. O'BrienNorthumberland
Dr. S. KayBexley, Bromley and Greenwich
Dr. S. LawrenceLeeds
Lord Lofthouse of PontefractWakefield
Major General R. KeightleyDorset
Miss C. AndrewCoventry
Miss M. BarrettCambridgeshire
Mr. A. BullenSouth Lancashire
Mr. A. MadenBury and Rochdale
Mr. A. SextonNorth Essex
Mr. A. TolhurstNorth Nottinghamshire
Mr. A. Wenban-SmithBirmingham
Mr. A. WilliamsonNorth and East Devon
Mr. B. BettertonNorth Cumbria
Mr. C. CreswickGloucestershire
Mr. D. FathersDoncaster
Mr. D. MurraySouth Staffordshire
Mr. F. HuckerOxfordshire
Mr. F. LudlowSefton
Mr. F. StewartEast Kent
Mr. G. HealeyLeicestershire
Mr. I. PirnieMorecambe Bay
Mr. J. AlstonNorfolk
Mr. J. LewisEast Sussex, Brighton and Hove
Mr. J. MillsSunderland
Mr. J. PittsSolihull
Mr. J. PowellEaling, Hammersmith and Hounslow
Mr. J. RuddSouth Derbyshire
Mr. K. MarshDudley
Mr. M. BreretonNorth Staffordshire
Mr. M. BrookesSouth Essex
Mr. M. O'RiordanSandwell
Mr. M. Van Der SchalkWest Surrey
Mr. N. HumphreysNorth and Mid Hampshire
Mr. P. BinghamIsle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire
Mr. P. BrokenshireRedbridge and Waltham Forest
Mr. P. CarrNewcastle and North Tyneside
Mr. P. GillibrandSouthampton and SW Hants
Mr. P. SmallridgeWest Kent
Mr. P. SmithStockport
Mr. R. BerryBradford
Mr. R. LinghamCornwall and Isles of Scilly
Mr. R. WingEast Riding
Mr. S. CussonsSouth Cheshire
Mr. S. SharmaCalderdale and Kirklees
Mr. T. DowellAvon
Mr. T. MackrielWolverhampton
Mr. T. McCabeWest Pennine
Mr. T. WaitesTees
Mr. W. DarlingGateshead and South Tyneside
Mrs. A. CookNorth Derbyshire
Mrs. C. MooreHerefordshire
Mrs. C. RollinsonEast Surrey
Mrs. E. OwenShropshire
Mrs. H. NellisBedfordshire
Mrs. J. BarrieSomerset
Mrs. J. CravosWorcestershire
Mrs. J. GarlickWigan and Bolton
Mrs. J. GreensmithLiverpool
Mrs. J. LevertonSouth and West Devon
Mrs. J. ReayKingston and Richmond
Mrs. J. SpicerSuffolk
Mrs. K. ReadeEast Lancashire
Mrs. K. RiddleSheffield
Mrs. L. LiptrottNorth Cheshire
Mrs. M. KeyworthSouth Humber
Mrs. M. OldfieldRotherham
Mrs. M. PearceWirral
Mrs. M. WoodcockWalsall
Mrs. N. GiubertoniSt. Helen's and Knowsley
Mrs. N. SaundersWest Sussex
Mrs. P. AcklamBarnsley
Mrs. S. WrigleyNorth Yorkshire
Mrs. V. DarbyshireNorth West Lancashire
Ms A. MillettWiltshire
Ms C. HayHillingdon
Ms I. ShortBuckinghamshire
Ms J. HuntCamden and Islington
Ms L. SmithLambeth, Southwark and Lewisham
Ms M. SaundersBarnet, Enfield and Haringey
Ms S. Young Barking and Havering
Ms T. LettsCroydon
Professor E. MurphyEast London and The City
Sir R. TiltNorthamptonshire
New HA chairs (from 1 April 2002)
Mr. Ian WhiteBedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Mr. M. BrookesEssex
Mr. S. FrancisNorfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire
Mrs. Marcia SaundersLondon North Central
Professor Elaine MurphyLondon North East
Miss Jane KellyLondon North West
Mrs. Linda SmithLondon South East
Mr. James CochraneLondon South West
Mrs. Judith GreensmithCheshire and Merseyside
Mrs. Kath ReadeCumbria and Lancashire
Mr. Phillip SmithGreater Manchester
Mr. T. WaitesCounty Durham and Tees Valley
Professor D. JohnsNorth and East Yorkshire and North Lincs
Mr. P. CarrNorthumberland, Tyne and Wear
Sir Alistair GrahamWest Yorkshire
Mr. Peter BinghamHampshire and Isle of Wight
Miss Kate LampardKent and Medway
Mrs. Teri HawksworthSurrey and Sussex
Mrs. Jane BettsThames Valley
Mrs. Anthea MilletAvon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire
Mrs. Jane BarrieDorset and Somerset
Mrs. Judy LevertonSouth West Peninsula
Sir Richard TiltLeicestershire, Northampton and Rutland
Mrs. Kathryn RiddleSouth Yorkshire
Mr. Arthur SandfordTrent
Mrs. Elisabeth BugginsBirmingham and the Black Country
Mr. Michael BreretonShropshire and Staffordshire
Mr. Charles GoodyCoventry, Warks, Herefordshire and Worcs

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Buckinghamshire Health Authority

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the Buckinghamshire health authority area benefited from the hospital travel costs scheme in each year since 1997; and what the total cost was to public funds in each year. [32190]

Ms Blears: This information is not collected centrally.


Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many written complaints the Buckinghamshire health authority has received concerning treatment received in accident and emergency departments in each year since 1997; [32188]

Ms Blears: Information is collected at trust not health authority level. Information on complaints, including accident and emergency services, is contained in "Handling Complaints: Monitoring the NHS Complaints Procedures" statistical report. Copies are available in the Library.


Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff employed by the Buckinghamshire health authority were assaulted by patients in each of the last five years; and how many people were successfully prosecuted. [32192]

Ms Blears: The information requested is not available centrally.

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Dental Health

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government have to improve education of parents and children on dental health; and if he will make a statement. [32688]

Ms Blears: Health authorities are responsible for oral health promotion and currently they attach particular importance to ensuring that oral health is covered in initiatives like Sure Start, Health Action Zones and Healthy Living Centres. Last June, to complement this work, we launched our "Brushing for Life" scheme, which targets families with young children in the 21 areas where dental decay is highest. When carrying out developmental checks, health visitors demonstrate good tooth brushing practice and give the families a free pack containing a tube of fluoridated toothpaste, a toothbrush and a leaflet on oral hygiene.


Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment has been made of the effectiveness of fluoridation schemes; and if he will make a statement. [32689]

Ms Blears: The report, "Systematic Review of Water Fluoridation", published by the University of York in October 2000, confirmed that fluoridating water helps to reduce tooth decay, but also identified the need for more good quality research. We have asked the Medical Research Council for advice on how the evidence base might be strengthened and their report is expected in spring 2002.


Mr. Hinchliffe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of staff redundancy packages arising as a consequence of organisational change in the NHS, broken down by region, since 1996. [32138]

Mr. Hutton: The Department does not hold details of staff redundancy costs by region arising as a consequence of organisational change in the national health service.


Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contracts his Department has had since 1997 with (a) Arthur Andersen and (b) Accenture for (i) accountancy, (ii) audit and (iii) consultancy work; and what staff have been seconded (A) to his Department from and (B) from his Department to these firms. [32422]

Mr. Hutton: The Department has let two contracts to Arthur Andersen since 1997 and one very small value contract with Accenture, which ended in February 2001. Records do not indicate whether the contracts were for (i) accountancy, (ii) audit or (iii) consultancy work.

The Medicines Control Agency has a long-term IT operational support contract with Accenture (and previously with Andersen Consulting).

The Purchasing and Supply Agency has one long-term contract with Arthur Andersen for audit services, which terminates in March 2002, and has let one short contract with them for consultancy work since 1997. The agency

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has one current contract with Accenture, for consultancy work, beginning January 2002 and terminating in March 2002.

Records held centrally in the Department indicate that there have been no secondments between this Department and these firms, in either direction.

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