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Performance Targets

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what has been the (a) cost and (b) saving from the pursuit of the Department's Public Service Agreement targets in each year since they were introduced; [60887]

Mr. Lammy: The Department's public service agreement set outs the key outcomes it is committed to deliver with the resources provided, and its service delivery agreement sets out the key steps towards delivery of those targets. Every year the Department publishes performance against its targets—including on value for money and the resources it has used, in its departmental report.

Action Zone (Tyne and Wear)

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many homes in Tyne and Wear have been insulated as a result of the Health Action Zone campaign there. [61430]

Ms Blears: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 10 June 2002, Official Report, column 1087W.

Ward Housekeepers

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the job description of a ward housekeeper. [61461]

Mr. Lammy: The main elements of the role are ensuring the delivery of cleaning, catering, and minor maintenance, together with other specified tasks to meet individual patient needs as determined by the ward sister/charge nurse. A full job description is available in a document published by NHS Estates—'A First Guide to New Modern and Dependable Ward Housekeeping Services in the NHS'—published in November 2001.

Youth Treatment Centres

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the definition is of a youth treatment centre; what conditions they treat; where they are located; and how many children are treated in each. [61458]

Jacqui Smith: Two youth treatment centres were opened in the 1970s to provide long-term care and treatment for a small minority of severely disturbed and antisocial children whose specialist treatment needs could not be satisfactorily met by the forms of residential provision that existed at that time. The first centre, based in Brentwood in Essex, closed in 1995 and the second based in Birmingham in the Midlands closed in 2000. The children and young people that may have been considered

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for placement with youth treatment centres are now cared for in local authority provision or placed by the youth justice board as appropriate to their needs.

School Fruit

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 29 April 2002, Official Report, column 624W, on school fruit, which varieties of fruit are distributed as part of the national school fruit scheme; and from which countries each fruit is imported. [61525]

Jacqui Smith: Apples, pears, bananas and easy peel citrus are supplied as part of the national school fruit scheme. The contracted suppliers and distributors of fruit to the scheme have reported the following countries of origin for the four fruit types:

Health Care Professionals

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances he plans to demand patient information from health care professionals. [61424]

Mr. Lammy: I have no plans to demand patient information from health care professionals. While the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 permit me to introduce a requirement for patient information to be disclosed in support of work on cancer or communicable disease surveillance, I will

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only do so if so advised by the independent patient information advisory group. In the absence of such a requirement, the regulations are permissive rather than prescriptive, allowing but not requiring information to be disclosed.

Hearing Aids

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to monitor whether (a) primary care trusts and (b) health authorities are making funding available to provide the best quality hearing aids to all patients. [61078]

Jacqui Smith: The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidance on hearing aid technology in July 2000. Directions have been issued obliging health authorities and primary care trusts to provide appropriate funding so that clinical decisions made by doctors involving NICE recommended treatments or drugs can be funded.

We expect all health authorities and primary care trusts to meet their statutory obligations to provide appropriate funding for treatments recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. The new strategic health authorities will manage the performance of their constituent national health service bodies in meeting these commitments.


Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list by health authority in England and Wales the percentage of NHS-funded abortions occurring within 10 weeks gestation of pregnancy in each of the last five years. [61073]

Ms Blears: The information requested is set out as follows.

Abortions in England and Wales 1997–2001 performed under 10 weeks gestation, percentage NHS funded

Year of termination
Health authority of residence (2001 boundaries)19971998199920002001(30)
Barking and Havering4449425071
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey4755585147
Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich4958515762
Brent and Harrow7577747375
Bury and Rochdale5356496365
Calderdale and Kirklees7977757776
Camden and Islington5155555755
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly6482868776
County Durham9389888888
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow4940404340
East Kent6465677280
East Lancashire8481848886
East London and The City3939434333
East Riding8888899089
East Surrey4951605870
East Sussex, Brighton and Hove4743545254
Gateshead and South Tyneside9291928788
Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and SE Hants8282858682
Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster5156535454
Kingston and Richmond4443403938
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham4058595851
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth5452494844
Morecambe Bay8687768277
Newcastle and North Tyneside9292949395
North and East Devon9494949495
North and Mid Hampshire4042425464
North Cheshire7976757379
North Cumbria9798989796
North Derbyshire8486868890
North Essex5057535252
North Nottinghamshire7782838484
North Staffordshire6271686463
North West Lancashire3948486073
North Yorkshire7972727171
Redbridge and Waltham Forest3145302637
Salford and Trafford4746596671
South and West Devon8987959692
South Cheshire7470666874
South Essex6164626468
South Humber8992939391
South Lancashire5247535767
South Staffordshire5764687578
Southampton and South West Hampshire7571767677
Southern Derbyshire7681867678
St. Helens and Knowsley7471686563
West Kent5975767377
West Pennine6258527381
West Surrey6464686670
West Sussex3842475055
Wigan and Bolton6058626873
Bro Taf6156667370
Dyfed Powys9092908990
North Wales8382828184

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