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Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that the budgets of primary care trusts and hospitals not in deficit are not reduced in subsequent funding allocation rounds in order to free resources for those in deficit. 
Strategic health authorities (SHAs) have the responsibility to develop and implement a service and financial strategy for managing the financial position within their locality. They will develop this with
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primary care trusts (PCTs) and national health service trusts in their area. Strategies agreed locally may include the creation of local reserves to deal with local problems. The size of the reserves and any contribution from each PCT will vary according to local circumstances, but the underlying principle will be fairness. Where local reserves are established:
we expect SHAs to maintain the integrity of the allocations system with PCTs entitled to repayment of any contributions over a reasonable period not usually exceeding the 3-year allocation cycle, unless otherwise locally agreed;
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 15 March 2006]: At March 2005 (the latest figures available) the vacancy rate lasting three months or more was 3.5 per cent. for diagnostic radiographers compared with 4.8 per cent. in 2004; and 6 per cent. for therapeutic radiographers compared with 8.8 per cent. in 2004. The number of vacancies was 356 and 98 respectively for diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers. This downward trend reflects the Government's successes in increasing both the national health service radiography workforce and also the numbers of students entering training to become radiographers.
The joint Home Office, Department of Health, Crown Prosecution Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers national sexual violence conference took place in November 2005. The key focus and aim of the conference was to engage primary care trusts, police and voluntary sector service providers to work together to develop SARCs locally.
Since 2003, Departmental officials have sat on the Home Office SARCs applications board which plays a key role in deciding how Home Office victims fund money allocated for SARCS should be granted for applications of new and existing SARCs.
The development of SARCs is being taken forward through the work of the joint Department of Health and National Institute of Mental Health in England victims of violence and abuse prevention programme.
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Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the meetings his adviser on Government relations has had with (a) Capita, (b) organisations acting on behalf of Capita and (c) Mr. Rod Aldridge in the last 18 months; what the purpose of the meeting was in each case; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Budget statement, whether his announcement of free off-peak national bus travel in every area of the country for every pensioner and disabled person applies to the whole of the UK. 
Mr. Des Browne: Budget 2006 announced that from April 2008 every pensioner and disabled person will have free off-peak national bus travel in England. Transport is a devolved matter and therefore such decisions in respect of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are a matter for the devolved Administrations.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of initial applications to HM Revenue and Customs for renewal of Construction Industry Scheme Certificates since 6 April 2005 have been refused; and what the proportion was in each of the three previous financial years. 
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East (James Duddridge) on 26 January 2006, Official Report, column 2254W.
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Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether a regulatory impact assessment was completed by HM Revenue and Customs on the excluding of appendix 4 of the May 2001 version of IR40 from the July 2003 version; 
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times in the last five years his Department has agreed to pay the legal costs of a claimant in judicial review proceedings brought against it; and if he will list the cases in which proceedings are complete. 
John Healey: The only case within the last five years in which HM Treasury have agreed to pay all or a portion of the claimant's costs in judicial review proceedings brought against them was that of Friends of the Earth v. HM Treasury and the Department of Trade and Industry. The Treasury and DTI have agreed to pay the reasonable costs of FOE. Those proceedings are complete.
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he made of the proportion of gross value added assigned to the Extra-Regio in economic trends 627 of February 2006 on gas and oil industrial production for each year from 1992 to 2004. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning the proportion of gross value added assigned to the Extra-Regio in economic trends 627 (February 2006) on gas and oil industrial production for each year from 1992 to 2004. (62109)
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