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Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) immunisations (synergis) in the last three years for which figures are available. [41476]

Yvette Cooper: The information requested is not available. We have no central information on prescribing in hospitals, where this drug is primarily used.

Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he provides to hospitals and health authorities on (a) whether to immunise at risk infants against RSV and (b) which infants would benefit from RSV immunisations. [41475]

Yvette Cooper: Palivizumab is a monoclonal antibody indicated for prevention of serious lower respiratory tract infection caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) requiring hospitalisation in children born at 35 weeks gestation or less and who are less than six months old at onset of the RSV season, or in children less than two years old who have received treatment for bronchopulmonary dysplasia within the last six months. It is given monthly during the RSV season. This information is published in the British National Formulary.

Teenage Pregnancy

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 7 February 2002, Official Report, column 1153W, on teenage pregnancy, which of the recommendations in the Social Exclusion Unit's report on teenage pregnancy have been completed; and which of the rest have target completion dates. [42551]

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Yvette Cooper: The following action points have been completed, as set out in the Social Exclusion Unit's report on teenage pregnancy:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30.

Implementation of all the remaining action points is under way. It is expected that action points 10, 11, and 20 will be completed by the end of 2002.

Action point 13 was to deliver guidance on the circumstances in which different health professionals may prescribe, supply and administer contraceptives to under 16s. Research is being commissioned to identify the extent and nature of confusion among health professionals to inform whether further guidance is needed.

The target completion date for action point 29 is 2003.

While the bulk of the original action plan has now been implemented, considerable further work is needed to ensure that activity is sustained and monitored, and to assess the impact of pilot programmes. Our focus remains delivery of the headline goals of halving under 18 conception rates by 2010 and increasing the participation of teenage parents in education, training and employment. The Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy published their first annual report in November 2001 which set out 49 recommendations of further action to underpin delivery of these goals. The Government will publish its response to this report later this year.

Patient Advocacy and Liaison

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those trusts which have not established patient advocacy and liaison services. [47859]

Ms Blears: Chapter 10 of the NHS Plan states that Patient Advice and Liaison Services (PALS) will be available in all NHS trusts from April 2002. To underpin this commitment £10 million has been made available to health authorities for PALS development this year. A large number of trusts already have PALS in operation and others are actively developing their service, appointing staff and are expecting to be operational in the near future. A number of primary care trusts are in the process of being set up, and therefore will need to look at incorporating PALS as part of their establishment. At this stage, therefore, there is no full list of those trusts which do not currently have PALS. However, we are in the process of setting up a system for monitoring PALS implementation.

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Staff Magazines

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the magazine publications aimed at staff produced during the last year, and the cost of producing each one. [47025]

Ms Blears: The Department produced 50 separate publications for the national health service and social care staff last year. A list with details of the target audience, method of publication, frequency and cost will be placed in the Library.

Mental Health

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to deliver a world class mental health service as described on page 115 of "Securing Our Future Health: Taking a Long-Term View". [47433]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 10 April 2002]: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor's Budget statement outlined substantial additional resources to ensure a modern health service. There is no doubt that the increase in national health service expenditure over the next decade will see substantial increases in spending on mental health. The Department is studying the Wanless report with great interest and it will be an important source of analysis and information in the allocation of resources to the service.

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were on the waiting list for Tier 3 child and adolescent mental health services in each locality team in Birmingham at the end of the 2001–02 financial year; what the year end average waiting time was for such services in each locality; and what the total number of referrals per 1,000 child population was in the year for each locality. [52576]

Jacqui Smith: Official child and adolescent mental health services waiting list data for March 2002 will not be published until mid-May 2002.

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure was on child and adolescent mental health services in (a) Birmingham, (b) West Midlands and (c) England in each of the last six years at current prices. [52577]

Yvette Cooper: The table shows central funding in support of the child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) development strategy for Birmingham, West Midlands and England from 1999 to 2002.

BirminghamWest MidlandsEngland
CAMHS mental health grant for local authorities for latest available years
NHS modernisation funding for latest available years

(25) 2000–01 funding now in HA baseline


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Non-Departmental Public Bodies

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost in 2001–02 was of the pay increase to staff in his Department, agencies and the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible; and what the cost of the forthcoming increase will be in 2002–03. [50409]

Ms Blears: The estimated cost of the Department's pay increase to staff was at the time of settlement £4,167,200 in 2001–02 and £5,446,998 in 2002–03. These figures are for the civil service staff in the Department and agencies.

Figures for non-departmental public bodies cannot be provided as these organisations are not included in the Department's pay settlement.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what have been the total salary costs of each of the non- departmental public bodies for which he is responsible in each of the last five years. [50296]

Ms Blears: The information on salary costs for the Department's non-departmental public bodies is shown in the table. Unless shown, the information requested is not yet available for 2001–02.


Total salary costs
Commission for Health Improvement (CHI)
General Social Care Council (GSCC)
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)
National Biological Standards Board (UK)
National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB)
Public Health Laboratory Service Board (PHLS)

(26) Part-year costs. CHI was established on 1 November 1999.

(27) Part-year costs. GSCC was operational from 1 October 2001.

The National Care Standards Commission is excluded from the table since it was not in operation before April 2002.

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