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Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Romsey, on orthopaedic waiting lists and the Lord Mayor Treloar hospital in Alton, Hampshire. [31340]

Ms Blears: I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer her to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

A reply was sent on 16 February.

Bolton South East Primary Care Group

Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Wigan and Bolton health authority has used its increase in Government funding for the financial year 2002–03 to move the Bolton South East Primary Care Group closer to its target funding. [31233]

Jacqui Smith: I apologise to my hon. Friend for the delay in responding to this question. I refer him to the reply my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

For 2002–03, the allocations received by the new Bolton Primary Care Trust will increase by 10.14 per cent. in comparison to the funding received in 2001–02 by the two Bolton primary care groups.

This is an above average settlement which will help to bring Bolton closer to target by almost 1 per cent. This rate of change is considered to be significant and is one which will not threaten the stability of other areas of the local health service.

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Enron

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings (a) he and (b) his senior departmental officials have had with Enron and its subsidiaries in the last two years. [32429]

Ms Blears: I apologise to my hon. Friend for the delay in responding to this question. I refer him to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

Ministers and civil servants meet many people as part of the process of policy development and analysis. All such contacts are conducted in accordance with the Ministerial Code, The Civil Service Code and Guidance for Civil Servants: Contacts with Lobbyists. Some of these discussions take place on a confidential basis, and in order to preserve confidentiality, it is not the normal practice for Governments to release details of specific meetings with private individuals or companies.

NHS (Directors' Secondments)

Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 23 January 2002, Official Report, column 955W, on NHS directors' secondments, if he will list the organisation to which the (a) chief executive and (b) executive directors listed in the table were seconded as at 1 December 2001. [31804]

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Mr. Hutton: I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer him to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

My previous answer of 23 January 2002, Official Report, column 955W, referred to the secondment of executive directors of national health service trusts and health authorities to other organisations excluding secondments within the NHS. The figures provided included secondments within the NHS.

The number of executive directors and chief executives of NHS trusts and health authorities who were on secondment to other organisations as at 1 December 2001 is shown in the table.

RegionChief executivesExecutive directorsTotal
West Midlands055
Trent3710
South West257
Northern and Yorkshire156
South East617
North West21012
Eastern4610
London11011
Total194968

The organisations to which the (a) chief executive and (b) executive directors were seconded as at 1 December 2001 is shown in the table.

RegionChief executivesExecutive directorsTotal
West Midlands2 to the Department of Health
2 to West Midlands Regional Office
1 to the Workforce Development Council5
Trent2 to the Department of Health4 to NHS Trent Regional Office
1 to NHS Trent Regional Office1 to the NHS Modernisation Agency
1 to NHS Estates
1 to a University Health Research Department (SCHARR)10
South West1 to the NHS Leadership Centre1 to South West Regional Office
1 to Education Purchasing Consortium1 to the National Shared Services Project
1 to National Police Training Service
1 to the NHS Leadership Centre
1 to NHS Estates7
Northern and Yorkshire1 to Northern and Yorkshire Regional Office1 to Northern and Yorkshire Workforce Confederation
2 to Northern and Yorkshire Regional Office
1 West Yorkshire Financial Shared Services Project
1 to Tyne and Wear Health Action Zone6
South West1 to Commission for Health Improvement1 to the NHS Modernisation Agency
2 to Department of Health
3 to South East Regional Office7
North West1 to NHS North West Regional Office9 to NHS North West Regional Office
1 to the Department of Health1 to the Department of Health12
Eastern4 to Eastern Regional Office6 to Eastern Regional Office10
London1 to Project Role with Prison Service7 to London Regional Office
1 to London Health Observatory
1 to the NHS Modernisation Agency
1 to NHS Estates11
Total194968

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PFI/PPPs

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts and what fees in each financial year since 1997–98 (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, (c) KPMG, (d) PA Consulting, (e) WS Atkins, (f) Accenture, (g) Deloitte & Touche, (h) McKinsey, (i) Capita, (j) AEA Technology, (k) Xansa Group, (l) Sema Group, (m) CMG Admiral, (n) ICL Group and (o) Logica received for advising his Department on PFI and PPP contracts; and if he will make a statement. [32504]

Mr. Hutton: I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer the hon. Member to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.














NHS Walk-in Centres

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list, by centre, the number of people accessing NHS walk-in centres each month since opening. [35862]

Mr. Hutton: I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer the hon. Member to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

The 42 NHS walk-in centres are being piloted as a new initiative to offer convenient access to primary care services.

The Department commissioned an independent evaluation of all NHS walk-in centres. This has been led by Dr. Chris Salisbury at the University of Bristol. The national evaluation final report, including figures on the number of people accessing walk-in centres, is due for publication in the summer 2002.

Estimates show, however, that overall more than 1.3 million people have visited walk-in centres since opening.

Fire Injuries

Mr. Burnett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have received injuries in the south-west

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region relating to (a) an open fire, (b) an electrical heating system and (c) a gas central heating system, in the last three years. [35474]

Ms Blears [holding answer 12 February 2002]: I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer him to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2000, Official Report, column 192W.

The information requested is not collected centrally.


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