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Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate total annual staff costs for his Department and its agencies by nation and region of the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement. 
|Government office region (GORs)(29)||Total|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||38,968,069|
(29) Government office regions (GORs) as defined by Cabinet Office for official statistical returns. It excludes data where GOR information is not held
Figures relate to England only and include the Department's agencies. The Department has no staff in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
Department of Health August 2001 payroll data
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Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of each civil service grade in his Department is located in each region and nation of the United Kingdom; what the average salary is for each grade; and if he will make a statement. 
|Government office region (GORs)(30)||All grades||SCS level||Level 6/7||SEO/HEO level||EO level||AO/AA level|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||1,301||75||316||374||283||253|
(30) Government office regions (GORs) as defined by Cabinet Office for official statistical returns. It excludes data where GOR information is not held
Figures relate to England only. The Department has no staff in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
Department of Health August 2001 payroll data
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(31) The average of salaries for each grade across all Government office regions (GORs)
August 2001 payroll data
Ms Blears [holding answer 16 October 2001]: The Minister with responsibility for research at the Department, my noble Friend the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, takes every available opportunity to make it clear that properly regulated research using animals is absolutely essential to the discovery of new treatments, as well as to the assessment of safety and efficacy of medicines.
Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the additional funding for silicone cosmesis for prosthetic limbs announced in Autumn 2000 will be given to disablement service centres. 
Jacqui Smith: We have increased health authority allocations by £4 million over the next three years to provide silicone cosmesis for prosthetic limb users. This funding started in April this year with £0.5 million for 200102, £1.5 million for 200203 and a further £2 million for 200304.
These amounts were in health authority general allocations. We will be writing to chief executives and finance directors of health authorities that commission prosthetic services to ensure this funding is available to disablement services centres.
Jacqui Smith: The response was laid before Parliament on 24 July. The response is called "Government Response to the Health Select Committee: Inquiry into Head Injury Rehabilitation", (Command Paper 5226). The response can also be downloaded from the Department's website at www.doh.gov.uk/nsf/longterm.htm.
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Infliximab (Remicade) and Etanercept (Enbrel) are currently being appraised by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). Until NICE has completed its appraisal, National Health Service bodies have been advised to determine local prescribing policies based on the available evidence.
Jacqui Smith: The National Service Framework for Older People was published on 27 March this year. It sets, for the first time, new national standards of care for all older people, across all care settings. The NSF looks at conditions that mainly affect older people, including dementia.
Standard 7 of the NSF relates to mental health and will ensure that those older people who have mental health problems have access to integrated mental health services to ensure effective diagnosis, treatment and support, for them and for their carers.
Although memory loss is a universal symptom of dementia, psychiatric systems and behavioural disturbances (such as depression, wandering, agitation, aggression, hallucinations and paranoid ideas) may also be present in those individuals with dementia.
The NSF recognised that specialist mental health services should be available to be consulted about and treat the most common mental health disorders in old age (depression, dementia, schizophrenia, mania and confusional states). Specialist care may be required for individuals suffering from behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
The guidance "Managing Violence in Mental Health" states that individual patients should be risk assessed for violence to themselves and/or others. Where a risk of violence is identified, an action plan or strategy for dealing with such behaviour should also be in place.
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Jacqui Smith: The Department consulted widely when developing the draft national minimum standards for care homes for younger people; these standards include services for drug and alcohol misuse. In addition, representatives from Alcohol Concern and DrugScope were members of the formal reference group that advised the Department. The consultation period for these standards closed on 21 September and the Department is currently considering the 500 responses received.
Jacqui Smith: The Department has just completed the consultation on draft regulations for care homes and national minimum standards for care homes for younger adults, including those for drug and alcohol misuse. We will consider all responses fully before finalising our proposals.
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