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HEALTH

Parliamentary Questions

Mrs. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the questions from the hon. Member for Mid-Dorset and North Poole tabled on 14 November, (ref 15786 and 15787). [20745]

Ms Blears: 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.

I refer the hon. Member to the replies I gave on 18 January 2002, Official Report, column 532W.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to answer the questions tabled by the hon. Member for Aylesbury on 26 November, Refs. 19317 and 19322. [25502]

Ms Blears [holding answer 9 January 2002]: 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.

Replies were sent on Monday 14 January and Tuesday 5 February.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to reply to the question of 5 December, ref. 21340, from the hon. Member for Buckingham on sickness absence. [24751]

Ms Blears: 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.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 8 January 2002, Official Report, column 623W.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will answer the written question tabled by the hon. Member for Yeovil on 19 December 2001, Ref. 24038. [30316]

Mr. Hutton: I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave him on 30 January 2002, Official Report, column 425W.

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to reply to the written question tabled by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak on 9 January regarding roaccutane. [32725]

Jacqui Smith: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply that the Under-Secretary, my hon. Friend the Member for Salford (Ms Blears), gave on 30 January 2002, Official Report, column 425W.

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Leyton and Wanstead for answer on 18 January (ref 29229), on the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service. [35243]

Jacqui Smith: I apologise to my hon. Friend for the delay in responding to this question. I refer my hon. Friend 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.

I replied to my hon. Friend on 26 February 2002, Official Report, column 1063W.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what target his Department has set for the time taken to answer written parliamentary questions; what the average time taken to answer all parliamentary questions has been in the last year; what assessment he has made of performance against the target for answering written parliamentary questions; and how he monitors the target. [42588]

Mr. Milburn: The Department aims to answer named day written questions by the date specified, and ordinary written questions within one week, wherever possible. Performance is monitored using a record management database.

I regret that the other information is not readily available in the form requested because the record management database from which it is drawn is currently not reliable, for the reasons set out in the reply that I gave to my hon. Friend, the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble), of 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W, on parliamentary questions, how many (a) written and (b), pursuant written parliamentary questions have been asked by hon. Members since the start of Session 2001–02. [42618]

Mr. Milburn: I estimate that to date in this session, some 5,500 written parliamentary questions have been tabled for the Department, around 170 of which were tabled to follow up points made in previous answers.

I regret that exact data are not readily available in the form requested because the record management database from which it is drawn is currently not reliable, for the reasons set out in the reply that I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

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Hospital Activity

Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health apart from Derriford hospital, how many hospitals in England have activity levels at three times the national average and resources at less than twice the national average. [30709]

Mr. Hutton: This information could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

HIV/AIDS

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget was for HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns in each of the last 10 years. [25115]

Yvette Cooper: I apologise to my hon. Friend for the delay in responding to this question. I refer my hon. Friend 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.

Budgets for the last 10 years are shown in the table:

£ million
1991–9211.00
1992–9311.23
1993–949.41
1994–959.87
1995–968.06
1996–975.20
1997–985.20
1998–994.80
1999–20005.90
2000–014.70
2001–025.05

The figures provided are not on a consistent basis and for some years also include expenditure on contraceptive education. Prior to 1996–97 figures are based on health education of AIDS/HIV and sexual health plus some contraceptive education, and include a proportion of the health education authority's (as was) overhead costs.

In addition, funding has been allocated to the NHS annually to carry out HIV prevention activities at local level, including local awareness campaigns. In 2000–01 £55 million was provided for this work.

This year, further funding of £47.5 million was announced to implement the national sexual health and HIV strategy. This includes a commitment to a national safer sex awareness campaign which we aim to launch this autumn.

Hepatitis C

Mr. Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to compensate victims of the hepatitis C, who became infected as a result of NHS treatment. [5867]

Yvette Cooper: 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.

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There are no plans to provide financial support for haemophilia patients who became infected with hepatitis C through NHS blood products.

Correspondence

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to answer parliamentary question ref. 24038, tabled for answer on 19 December 2001. [26811]

Ms Blears [holding answer 15 January 2002]: 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.

A reply was sent on 21 February 2002, Official Report, column 424W.

Mrs. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the questions tabled by the hon. Member for Mid-Dorset and North Poole for answer on 21 November 2001, ref. 15786 and 15787, on NHS dentists. [26894]

Ms Blears [holding answer 15 January 2002]: 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.

A reply was sent on 18 January 2002, Official Report, column 531W.

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was, for each year since 1995, the total number of (a) letters from hon. Members, (b) letters from members of the public and (c) parliamentary questions from (i) hon. Members and (ii) Lords dealt with by his Department; what percentage took (A) more than one month and (B) more than three months to provide a substantive answer; and if he will make a statement. [7047]

Ms Blears: The available information is in the table.

Total number of letters receivedPercentage of cases that took more than a month to reply
Ministerial correspondence
199516,12121
199611,37613
199714,54724
199810,64839
199918,34653
200018,62150
200119,65540
Correspondence from members of the public
1995
199623,028
199719,73896
199852,65637
199929,52844.3
200039,89419.4
200137,92812.5

I regret that, for parliamentary questions, exact data are not readily available in the form requested because the record management database from which it is drawn is currently not reliable, for the reasons set out in the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.


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Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 24 January from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. S. Haslett. [42795]

Ms Blears: A reply was sent to my right hon. Friend on 12 March.


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