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Accountancy and Consultancy Costs

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost to his Department has been of services provided by (a) Arthur Andersen and (b) Accenture and Andersen Consulting for (i) accountancy services, (ii) consultancy work and (iii) other work in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [32103]

Ruth Kelly: The cost to the Treasury for consultancy services provided by Arthur Andersen was £80,000 in 2000 and £64,625 in 2001, and for Andersen Consulting £30,252 in 2000. Aside from inward secondees, no other services have been received from these firms in the last four years.

Afghan Heroin

Mr. Jim Murphy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what actions HM Customs and Excise are taking to increase the proportion of Afghan heroin seized; and how many tonnes of Afghan heroin have been seized by Customs and Excise in each of the past 10 years. [40389]

Mr. Boateng: Customs work closely with other agencies in the UK and overseas to disrupt the supply of heroin to the UK market, the vast majority of which

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originates in Afghanistan. Statistics relating to the annual amounts of heroin seized by Customs are published on a routine basis in their annual departmental reports, but these are not disaggregated by their country of origin.

Running Costs (Government)

Mr. Swire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a breakdown of the total running costs of central Government and their agencies for each year sine May 1997 to the latest date for which information is available. [40832]

Mr. Andrew Smith [holding answer 7 March 2002]: Table 5.1 of PESA 2001–02 (Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses, Cm 5101) and similar tables in previous PESAs give outturn data department by department for administration costs (running costs before 2000–01) since 1986–87, the first year for which there is published data.

Terrorism (Costs)

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the total direct and indirect cost to the UK of actions taken by the UK arising from the attacks on the USA on 11 September 2001. [41874]

Mr. Andrew Smith: Funds have been approved by Parliament in the normal way in Supplementary Estimates. The Chancellor of the Exchequer gave details of additional public spending arising from attacks on the USA on 11 September 2001 in his Pre-Budget Report Statement to Parliament on 27 November 2001.

Gladwyn's Wood

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions concerning the future of Gladwyn's Wood, Denham, Buckinghamshire, with reference to its contiguity with Broadspring Wood, owned by the Highways Agency; [43783]

Mr. Boateng: None. Gladwyn Wood is not in the ownership of HM Customs and Excise.

Approved Mileage Allowance Payments

Mrs. Lawrence: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about the entitlement of service company workers and others to tax relief and exemption under the Approved Mileage Allowance Payments scheme. [44415]

Dawn Primarolo: Draft legislation is being published today which will ensure that from 6 April 2002, people who work through intermediaries, such as service companies, and who fall within the "intermediaries legislation", will be entitled to the same relief and exemption under the new Approved Mileage Allowance Payments scheme as employees. Copies of the draft legislation are available in the Libraries of the House.

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Mr. Gareth R. Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to improve physiotherapy services (a) in London and (b) in general. [39029]

Mr. Hutton: The NHS Plan sets out targets to provide 6,500 more therapists and other health professionals and 4,450 more therapists and other key health professional training places by 2004. Further plans to increase the number of physiotherapists working in the NHS by 59 per cent., from 15,600 in 2000 to 24,800 in 2009, were announced in the follow-up document to the NHS Plan, Investment and reform for NHS staff—taking forward the NHS Plan, (published 15 February 2001).

Between 1999 and 2001 the number of qualified physiotherapists in England increased by 1,140 (from 15,070 in 1999 to 16,210 in 2001). Of these the number working in the London regional office area increased by 90.

Between 1999–2000 and 2000–01 the number of physiotherapy training commissions increased by 127 (9 per cent.) and further increases are planned.

In September 2001, as signalled in Meeting the Challenge: A Strategy for the Allied Health Professions (AHPs), 10 Workforce Development Confederations (WDC's) began working with 13 Higher Education Institutions in a first wave of modernising pre-registration education and training for the allied health professions, starting with Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiography, Podiatry and Speech & Language Therapy education. These first wave courses will be established from the 2002–03 academic year and will feature wider entry gates to professional training, more part-time courses, the possibility of stepping on and off programmes, and more opportunities for shared learning. Several HEIs in England offer accelerated pre-registration courses in physiotherapy for existing graduates.

Individual health authorities are also responsible for assessing the broad health care needs of their population, and securing a range of hospital and community health services such as physiotherapy services to meet those needs. Decisions about the health care provision and the use of resources are best taken at local level because it is there that people's needs are best known and services can be tailored accordingly.

Orthodontists (Mid Essex Hospital Trust)

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time orthodontists there are in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area. [38355]

Ms Blears [holding answer 5 March 2002]: There are fewer than five full or part-time orthodontists in the Mid Essex NHS Trust area. Exact figures cannot be provided as for data protection purposes national figures are collated on the basis that individuals will not be identified, and figures are sufficiently small to risk disclosure of information about an individual.

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Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to increase the numbers of people training as pharmacists; and if he will make a statement; [41221]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 7 March 2002]: There has been a significant increase in pharmacy student intakes over recent years, with 27 per cent. more new students starting their training in 2000 than in 1993. This points to a significant medium-term growth in the pharmacy work force, despite the change to a 4-year undergraduate course in 1997. Full figures are not yet available from the Pharmaceutical Society for 2001 as returns are still awaited from two schools of pharmacy. Work force modelling undertaken by the Department suggests that there will be a 12 per cent. increase in the pharmacy work force across the National Health Service and private sector between 1998 and 2003.

The Department has regular contact with a range of organisations with an interest in pharmacy, to discuss training issues.

NHS Staff (Assaults)

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what figures he uses to monitor the NHS zero tolerance campaign on assaults on NHS staff. [40802]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 8 March 2002]: The National Health Service's zero tolerance zone campaign to tackle violence against NHS staff is monitored using data collected from all NHS trusts and health authorities to a common definition issued in Health Service Circular 1999/229: "Working Together, Securing a Quality Workforce for the NHS: Managing Violence, Accidents and Sickness Absence in the NHS", a copy of which is in the Library.

Figures on reported violent incidents in 2000–01 are currently being analysed by the Department and will form the baseline for measuring progress against the Government's national improvement targets.


Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list vacancy rates and full role calculations for radiographer posts by hospital trust. [42287]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 11 March 2002]: The information requested has been placed in the Library.

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