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What was the total number and aggregate value of charges billed to insurance companies by the Compensation Recovery Unit of the Benefits Agency under the terms of the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999 for each quarter between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2002.[HL1958]
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Under the terms of the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999 insurers have 14 days following the settlement of an insurance claim in which to make payment of NHS charges, provided they have received a certificate of NHS charges notifying them of amounts due. Where they have not been notified they must apply to the Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) for a certificate of charges within 14 days of claim settlement and once this is received the insurer has 14 days in which to make a payment.
The following figures show the number of settled claims and total amounts of CRU recovered from insurance companies in respect of these claims which were paid to NHS trusts in England, Scotland and Wales for each quarter between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2002.
|Amounts recovered and paid to NHS trusts||Numer of settled claims|
|Qtr 1 £13,552,150||29,672|
|Qtr 2 £16,856,451||33,910|
|Qtr 3 £17,589,931||35,648|
|Qtr 4 £14,794,702||29,623|
|Qtr 1 £22,132,052||44,993|
|Qtr 2 £22,006,196||40,913|
|Qtr 3 £25,236,364||46,775|
|Qtr 4 £19,461,872||37,575|
|Qtr 1 £26,137,601||49,903|
|Qtr 2 £26,948,088||52,773|
|Qtr 3 £26,818,407||51,688|
|Qtr 4 £34,043,257||65,351|
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: We have today laid before the House regulations to increase National Health Service charges in England from 1 April 2003. There will be a cash increase in the prescription charge of 10p from £6.20 to £6.30 for each quantity of a drug or appliance dispensed.
The cost of prescription prepayment certificates will rise to £32.90 for a four-month certificate and £90.40 for an annual certificate. These offer savings for those needing more than five items in four months or 14 in one year.
NHS charges and optical voucher values in Scotland and Wales are a matter for the devolved administrations. While the institutions in Northern Ireland are dissolved, responsibility rests with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Office.
|Item||Charges from 1 April 2002 (£)||Charges from 1 April 2003 (£)|
|4 months PPC||32.40||32.90|
|12 months PPC||89.00||90.40|
|Wig partial human hair||135.90||138.00|
|Wig full human hair||198.60||201.70|
|Maximum dental charge||366.00||372.00|
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Of the £16.2 million announced on 3 July 2002, £4 million only was committed for spending in 200203 and 200304, with the balance to be addressed in future budgetary allocation decisions.
On 19 February 2003, the Minister with responsibility for finance and personnel announced planned allocations from the Strategic Investment Programme over the five-year period to 200708. These included £3.0 million for the reconfiguration of ambulance control and communications sytems, half of which is profiled for 200405; and £ 26.1 million for other actions to modernise and improve the ambulance service. Annual expenditure on these will be profiled once decisions have been reached on the best approach to financing them.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The operating plan for the Trade and Business Development Body (InterTradeIreland) has been approved by the two governments under the agreement between the British and Irish Governments on 19 November. The business plans for the remainder of the implementation bodies will be prepared by each body for subsequent approval by the two governments.
Decisions made by the two governments under the agreement of 19 November will shortly be placed in the Library. It is not the intention to place business plans in the Library. The annual report and accounts for each implementation body will be laid before Parliament as required by the North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999.
|Body||Agreed recommended allocation 2002 £ million||Agreed recommended allocation 2003 £ million||Percentage increase/ decrease over the 2002 allocation|
|Food Safety Promotion Board||4.96||5.42||9.3%|
|Trade and Business Development Body||9.52||9.00||-5.5%|
|Special EU Programmes Body||1.75||2.02||15.4%|
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The future of rail services on the Lisburn to Antrim line has been uncertain since the Railways Task Force produced its report in September 2000. On the basis of the data available, the case for the continuance of regular services on this line is not compelling. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with responsibillity for Transport, Angela Smith MP, intends to make a written statement on this matter in the near future.
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