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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultations were undertaken with local authorities before the decision was made for the strategic health authority for North and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire to be established in York.[38332]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 28 February 2002]: A project team, made up of representatives of the local health economy, set up to establish the strategic health authority for North and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, commissioned an independent appraisal into the location of the headquarters of the new health authority. No consultations were undertaken with local authorities during the option appraisal process. However, local authorities were informed that the option appraisal recommended that York Science Park was the preferred location. This recommendation is to be discussed at the next meting of the shadow board of the North and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire strategic health authority on 20 March 2002. here representations from local authorities will be considered.

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Parliamentary Questions

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects to answer Question 15320, tabled on 15 November 2001; [39775]

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Ms Blears: I refer the hon. Member to the replies given to him on Monday 25 February 2002, Official Report, columns 935W–36W (Question 15051), columns 965-66W (Question 15321), column 966W (Question 12778), and columns 966–67W (Question 15320). I will let the hon. Member have a reply to Questions 12711, 12715, 12718, 12771, 15323 and 16852 as soon as possible.

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NHS Charges

Mr. Gareth R. Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase (a) charges in the NHS and (b) the value of optical vouchers; and if he will make a statement. [40499]

Ms Blears: We shall lay before the House regulations to increase National Health Services charges in England from 1 April 2002. There will be a cash increase in the charge of 10p, (1.64 per cent.) from 6.10 to 6.20 for each quantity of a drug or appliance dispensed.

The cost of prescription prepayment certificates will rise to 32.40 for a 4 month certificate and 89.00 for an annual certificate. These offer savings for those needing more than 5 items in four months or 14 in one year.

Prescription charges are expected to raise some 434 million for the NHS in 2002-2003.

Charges for elastic stockings and tights, wigs and most fabric supports supplied through the Hospital Service will be increased similarly.

The maximum patient charge for a single course of dental treatment begun on or after 1 April 2002 will increase from 360 to 366.

We have restricted the prescription charge increase to the same cash amount as the previous three years and the other increases are in line with this percentage increase.

Optical voucher values will increase overall by 1.95 per cent. to help children, people on low income and certain people with complex sight problems with the cost of spectacles or contact lenses.

NHS Charges and optical voucher values in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are a matter for the Devolved Administrations.

Details of the revised charges and optical voucher values have been placed in the Library.

Drug Misuse

Mr. Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths are attributable to drug misuse in each of the last five years. [38651]

Ruth Kelly: I have been asked to reply.

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The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from John Kidgel to Mr. Kelvin Hopkins, dated 28 February 2002:



Drug misuse-related1 deaths, England and Wales, 1996–20002

Calendar yearNumber of deaths
19961,247
19971,302
19981,459
19991,568
20001,662

Source:

Office for National Statistics, Report. Deaths related to drug poisoning: results for England and Wales, 1993 to 2000. Health Statistics Quarterly 13 (2002), 76–82.

Notes:

1 Defined as deaths where the underlying cause is poisoning, drug abuse or drug dependence and where any of the substances controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) are involved.

2 Data are for occurrences of death per calendar year.

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Life Expectancy, St Helens

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the most recent figures are for life expectancy at birth for (a) males and (b) females in St Helens South. [38267]

Dawn Primarolo: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Shaun Woodward dated 1 March 2002:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question asking what are the most recent figures for life expectancy at birth or (a) males and (b) females in St Helens South. (38267)

Figures for life expectancy at birth in parliamentary constituencies are not routinely produced and data are not available to readily allow their calculation.

Figures for life expectancy at birth in the local authority of St Helens, which comprises the parliamentary constituencies of St Helens North and St Helens, South, are as follows:

1998 to 2000 - aggregated years

Males - 73.7 years

Females - 79.0 years.

Benefit Reviews

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Department has made an assessment of the suitability of EMPS carrying out examinations in respect of benefit reviews. [36131]

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Mr. Nicholas Brown: I have been asked to reply.

All doctors carrying out examinations in respect of benefit claims or reviews must be approved by the Department's Chief Medical Adviser. There are stringent recruitment criteria and in order to gain approval doctors must complete prescribed training and demonstrate a satisfactory level of competence in carrying out assessments. The quality standards of all doctors are regularly monitored by SchlumbergerSema Medical Services. Ongoing approval is subject to satisfactory performance.

Overseas Military Personnel

Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from which overseas countries military personnel were trained in the United Kingdom in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001; and if he will indicate in each case how many personnel were trained. [39517]

Mr. Ingram: During 2000, a total of 3,504 overseas military personnel from 106 countries were trained at UK military establishments. In 2001, 3,731 military personnel were trained from 101 countries. A full breakdown of the numbers trained, by country, is as follows:

Overseas military personnel trained in the UK during 2000 and 2001

Country2000 (1 January–31 December)2001 (1 January–31 December)
Albania715
Algeria2
Antigua & Barbuda1
Argentina613
Australia84100
Austria514
Azerbaijan1
Bahamas22
Bahrain2930
Bangladesh22
Barbados21
Belgium8287
Belize2025
Bermuda1414
Botswana514
Brazil2017
Brunei152177
Bulgaria56
Canada273322
Chile45
China1332
Croatia410
Czech Republic2927
Denmark3527
Ecuador1
Egypt616
El Salvador31
Estonia86
Fiji32
Finland611
France6759
Gambia11
Georgia75
Germany115130
Ghana38
Greece2549
Guatemala55
Guyana23
Honduras1
Hong Kong74
Hungary1728
India1815
Ireland2756
Israel4316
Italy119154
Jamaica2241
Japan88
Jordan9667
Kazakhstan1
Kenya58
Korea (South)910
Kuwait311307
Latvia1214
Lebanon59
Lithuania118
Luxembourg1
Macedonia814
Malawi56
Malaysia2722
Maldives1
Malta62
Mauritius4
Moldova12
Morocco66
Mozambique5
Namibia1
Nepal1431
Netherlands283253
New Zealand4433
Nicaragua1
Nigeria2728
Norway247205
Oman186178
Pakistan3649
Papua New Guinea1
Paraguay22
Philippines610
Poland2825
Portugal3334
Qatar5366
Romania1619
Russia510
Rwanda2
Saudi Arabia4763
Senegal1517
Seychelles1
Sierra Leone322
Singapore131113
Slovak Republic1619
Slovenia48
South Africa2819
Spain1722
Sri Lanka707
St. Kitts & Nevis1
St. Lucia1
St. Vincent12
Swaziland11
Sweden2427
Switzerland411
Syria1
Tajikistan1
Tanzania68
Thailand2927
Tonga14
Trinidad & Tobago23
Turkey5056
Uganda23
Ukraine2639
United Arab Emirates8395
United States of America126163
Uruguay84
Yemen26
Zimbabwe62
Total Students3,5043,731
Total Countries106101

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