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Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total budget is for the delivery of mental health services in Plymouth for this financial year, including relevant primary care trust, acute hospital trust and social services provision. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department allocates revenue funding to primary care trusts (PCTs) on the basis of the relative needs of their populations. In the allocations for 200304 to 200506 none of the growth money has been identified for specific purposes.
It is for PCTs in partnership with strategic health
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authorities and other local stakeholders to determine how best to use these funds to meet national and local priorities for improving health, tackling health inequalities and modernising services.
Plymouth local authority was allocated £629,000 for adult mental health services, and £322,000 for children and adolescent mental health services, as part of the overall social services provision made by the Department in 200405.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is not collected centrally. In line with our policy of shifting the balance of power, responsibility for the provision of local health services, including mental health services, now rest with primary care trusts (PCTs). It is for PCTs, in conjunction with strategic health authorities to plan and develop services according to the needs of their local communities.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department collects beds data as the average daily number of available beds in each financial year. The latest available figures for 200304 show that Plymouth Primary Care Trust has 166 mental illness beds and Plymouth Hospitals National Health Service Trust has five beds.
Ms Rosie Winterton: National health services adult mental health services are provided by Plymouth Primary Care Trust, and child and adolescent mental health services are provided by Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Department of Health's press release dated 3 November, if he will make a statement on the extent to which (a) products provided to the NHS free by Microsoft will be customised and (b) users have been consulted in drawing up plans with Microsoft; and what assessment has been made of the benefits to Microsoft from the arrangement. 
Work has begun, and is still ongoing, to determine the extent to which the relevant Microsoft products will need to be customised. The work is being informed by very wide-scale consultation involving individual expert clinical systems users covering a variety of disciplines and fields; representatives of appropriate professional bodies including the royal colleges; the National Patient Safety Agency; the British Computer Society's primary care group; the national health service information standards board; and an action team of expert front-line practitioners commissioned by the care record development board.
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Consultation will be an interactive process and will include arrangements for sign-off of any interface intended for deployment across the NHS.
Mr. Hutton: The Department has set three objectives to support the delivery of single-sex accommodation, designed to deliver single-sex sleeping accommodation, segregated bathroom and washing facilities and to safeguard the mentally ill. The objectives apply to all national health service organisations providing inpatient accommodation.
Paul Farrelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates he has received on (a) the total cost of providing free personal care for the elderly in Scotland and (b) the number of elderly people receiving free personal care in Scotland. 
Mr. Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the written statement of 11 October 2004, Official Report, column 4WS, on ministerial accountability for NHS foundation trusts, whether the chairs of NHS foundation trusts will be expected to meet the deadlines which apply to Ministers when answering hon. Members' questions; 
(2) if he will ensure that the requirements set out in guidance to Ministers on answering parliamentary questions apply equally to answers given by chairs of NHS foundation trusts, with particular reference to the requirement that answers should not be misleading. 
Mr. Hutton: Individual national health service foundation trusts (NHSFTs) are responsible for replying to hon. and right hon. Members' questions or correspondence referred on to them by Ministers, where they specifically relate to operational matters of the organisations. These trusts' terms of authorisation, that is, their "licence" to operate, will include the requirement that they comply with the same standards expected of Ministers in responding to parliamentary questions. This means that a NHSFT that fails to comply with this requirement will be in breach of its terms of authorisation and that Monitor, the statutory name of which is the independent regulator of NHSFTs, can intervene to put this right. I expect, however, that NHSFTs will continue to respond promptly, helpfully and accurately to hon. and right hon. Members' queries.
NHSFTs are asked to copy their responses to parliamentary questions to Monitor. They are also asked to copy responses to the Department so that they may be placed in the Library.
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