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RAF St Athan

David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what elements made up the £15.9 million spent on land acquisition and development costs at RAF St. Athan since its acquisition by the Welsh Development Agency in 2003. [44849]

Mr. Hain: Wales is home to some major aerospace companies and is therefore well placed to capitalise on the growth in this sector. To that end, the WDA completed the acquisition of a 125-year lease of RAF St. Athan on 14 August 2003 with the objective of redeveloping the site to create a world-class aviation business park.

The acquisition costs include the following elements:
Acquisition costs (£000)
Purchase of RAF St. Athan site8,000
Purchase of additional land3,397
Feasibility studies, fees, works2,314
Airfield costs1,551
Remediation and demolitions675
Total15,937

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to secure access to the services of the Royal Shrewsbury hospital for Welsh patients. [39892]

Nick Ainger: Responsibility for the provision of health care in Wales rests with the Welsh Assembly Government. I have regular discussions with the Assembly Minister for Health and Social Services, Dr. Brian Gibbons.

From these discussions, I understand that an agreement for treating Welsh patients during 2005–06 is in place between the Royal Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust and Powys local health board. Both bodies will ensure that Welsh patients will receive health services when needed.
 
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NORTHERN IRELAND

Antrim Area Hospital (Pain Clinic)

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what additional financial resources have been put in place to provide for referrals to the Pain Clinic, Antrim area hospital in each of the past four years. [46342]

Mr. Woodward: The Northern Health and Social Services Board has advised that the following investments have been made on a year on year basis in the pain management service in the United Hospitals Health and Social Services Trust:
Amount (£)
2002–03176,000
2003–04156,000
2004–05142,000
2005–06158,000

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) priority and (b) routine referrals have been made for appointments at the Pain Clinic, Antrim area hospital in each of the past four years. [46343]

Mr. Woodward: The total number of referrals (priority and routine) received at Antrim area hospital in each of the last four years is shown in the following table. The outpatient referral system does not provide a breakdown between priority and routine cases at referral stage.
Total referrals to pain clinic at Antrim area hospital
2002178
2003226
2004253
2005202

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he plans to introduce to reduce out-patient waiting times for (a) priority and (b) routine appointments at the Pain Clinic, Antrim area hospital; and if he will make a statement. [46344]

Mr. Woodward: I recently announced a total redesign of the way in which out-patient services are delivered to ensure that, by March 2008, no patient will be waiting more than 13 weeks for their out-patient appointment following referral by their GP.

Central to this will be the development of a new range of clinical assessment and diagnostic services—Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services (ICATS), provided in a variety of primary and secondary care settings. This will ensure that all patients are seen quickly by the most appropriate healthcare professional and will include a range of assessment, treatment, diagnostic and advisory services. Waiting times for pain management services will be addressed with the development of ICATS.
 
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Children and Young People's Funding Package

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) when he will publish for consultation proposals for activities and programmes to be funded under the Children and Young People's funding package announced in Budget and Priorities 2006 to 2008; [45779]

(2) what plans he has to consult directly with (a) children, (b) young people, (c) their families and (d) the wider children's sector on the proposals for the Children and Young People's funding package; [45780]

(3) what equality impact assessment has been made of the Children and Young People's funding proposals; [45781]

(4) what dedicated funding will be made available from the Children and Young People's funding package for (a) children with disabilities, (b) black and minority ethnic children and (c) children with mental health needs; [45782]

(5) how the Children and Young People's funding package interacts with the overarching Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister's Children and Young People's Strategy; [45783]

(6) how he plans to deliver the Children and Young People's funding package; and what steps he will take to ensure that the voluntary and community sector are involved in the delivery process; [45784]

(7) what planning meetings have taken place in respect of Children and Young People's funding in the last 12 months; and which (a) statutory and (b) non-statutory bodies were involved in each meeting. [45785]

Angela E. Smith: The Children's and Young People's Funding Package will be published in the next few weeks. The detailed content of the package will be available then. The package will contain a range of provision to reduce underachievement and improve the life chances of children and young people by enhancing their educational development and fostering their health, well-being and social inclusion through the integrated delivery of the support and services necessary to ensure that every child has the best start in life.

The various elements will be costed and the funding included in the baselines of the Departments which will deliver the elements concerned.

Each element will be subject to appropriate consultation and to equality impact assessments. For the purposes of the package, high-level equality impact assessments (screening) have been conducted.

The Children and Young People's Unit of the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister has been involved throughout to ensure that the package is consistent with the aims of the 10-year Children's Strategy.

Delivery mechanisms for each element of the package will be taken forward separately by the Departments concerned, and each will take appropriate steps to ensure that the voluntary and community sectors are appropriately engaged in the development and delivery of that element.
 
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The Department of Education leads on the Children's and Young People's Funding Package. Planning meetings have been held since 12 October 2005, as follows:


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