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Miss Kirkbride: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of care home beds lost in the Bromsgrove constituency in (a) the last year and (b) the last two years. 
|Residential care homes||Nursing care homes, hospitals and clinics|
Source: Department of Health annual returns
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level in 200203 was of (a) personal services SSA per resident, (b) personal social services SSA per resident over 65, and (c) personal social services SSA per resident under 18 years of age for (i) Buckinghamshire, (ii) Milton Keynes, (iii) Oxfordshire, (iv) Bedfordshire, (v) Hertfordshire, (vi) Northamptonshire, (vii) Windsor and Maidenhead, (viii) Hillingdon, (ix) Harrow, (x) Kingston-upon-Thames, (xi) Ealing and (xii) England. 
|Local authority||Total PSS SSA per resident||Elderly(93) SSA per resident 65+||Children's SSA per resident 017|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||134.57||540.98||100.16|
(93) Includes elderly residential and elderly domiciliary SSAs
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Yvette Cooper: The Department is aware of a number of research studies published in the scientific literature, which investigate health outcomes in people living near landfill sites. These have been considered by the Department, which has sought advice from the independent expert advisory committee, the committee on the toxicity of chemicals in food, consumer products and the environment (COT). They felt that it was not possible to draw any definite conclusions regarding possible health effects from these studies and further research was warranted. The most recent statement by the COT is available on the Department's website (www.doh.gov.uk/ landh.htm). The Government have commissioned a programme of work on the impacts on health of landfill sites, details of which are also available on the website, and the Department continues to monitor relevant publications.
Ms Shipley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 6 February 2002, Official Report, column 1041W, ref 19094, on child care workers, what measures he has taken to ensure that employers of child care workers notify the Secretary of State when they have dismissed a person from a child care position on the grounds of misconduct which harmed a child or placed a child at risk of harm. 
Jacqui Smith: Guidance on the operation of the Protection of Children Act 1999 was published in September 2000 and distributed to a large range of child care organisations. This guidance explains the statutory responsibilities placed on child care organisations to refer names to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State in certain circumstances. The guidance continues to be made available and is published at the Department's website for easy access.
Additionally, local authority children's services are regularly inspected by the social services inspectorate. These inspections include scrutiny of the provisions for children's safeguards to ensure the requirements of the Children Act and subsequent legislation and regulations are being implemented.
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Jacqui Smith: Information on the number of home care beds closures or new home care beds is not centrally available. The number of care home beds in independent homes and local authority staffed homes is presented in the table.
|At 31 March||(a) Total number of care beds in independent(94) care homes||(b) Total number of care beds in local authority staffed homes|
(94) The figures relate to residential care beds in independent residential homes and nursing beds in private nursing homes, hospitals and clinics.
(95) The number of nursing beds in 1997 refers to the period 1 October 1996 to 31 March 1997.
Department of Health's annual returns.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what conditions (a) school nurses and (b) other school staff may administer (i) aspirin, (ii) MMR vaccine, (iii) other vaccines and (iv) the morning after pill without parental consent. 
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Yvette Cooper [holding answer 11 February 2002]: The guidance "Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs" issued by the Department for Education and Skills covers circumstances in which medication may be administered, and underlines the need for a clear policy to be set out, drawn up in partnership with parents. School staff should generally not give aspirin to pupils and never to a child under 12 years of age, unless prescribed. Parents must give consent to their child's participation in any immunisation programme, for which school nurses are responsible. Other school staff do not conduct immunisation programmes.
School nurses may provide prescription only medicines, like the morning after pill, to pupils within the legal framework and arrangements set out in Patient Group Directions. There are no circumstances in which other school staff may supply emergency contraception. The necessity for parental consent to these measures depends on whether or not a child is considered to be competent to give consent. Children and young people are often able to provide their own consent for medicationwhere they are considered to be competent under the Frazer Guidelines set out in 1985. Involving parents is recognised to be good practice but the primary duty is to the child's best interests.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the names of staff who have been seconded to his Department from the private sector since May 1997, indicating (a) the names of the organisation from which each has come, (b) their responsibilities and Civil Service grades within his Department, (c) the organisation responsible for paying their salary and (d) the start and end dates of their secondment. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 12 February 2002]: Secondments and attachments are part of the Interchange Initiative which promotes the exchange of people and good practice between the Civil Service and other organisations. Before an interchange can occur all parties must be satisfied that no conflict of interest arises.
|Dates||Companies seconded from:||Civil service grade||Job title||Section seconded to:||Summary of work undertaken|
|November 1995 to November 1997||Nabarro Nathanson|
|July 1996 to July 1997||Walker Morris|
|June 1996 to March 1997||Secta Group Ltd.|
|December 1996 to January 1998||Tarmac plc|
|January 1997 to September 1997||Private Finance Panel Executive (3)|
|February 1997 to January 1998||Private Finance Panel Executive (3)|
|April 1997 to July 1998||Private Finance Panel Executive (3)||The secondees to the Private Finance Unit of the NHS Executive are equivalent to civil service grade IP4 and titled||Secondees to the Private Finance Unit of the NHS Executive|
|July 1997 to July 1998||Pinsent Curtis||'Consultant' except the secondee from Tarmac who was||advise NHS Trusts on legal|
|September 1997 to August 1998||Deloitte & Touche||equivalent to civil service grade SCS and was Head of the Private Finance Unit||and financial aspects of PFI contracts|
|September 1997 to September 1998||Beachcroft Stanley|
|January 1998 to July 1998||Dickinson Dees|
|May 1998 to May 1999||PricewaterhouseCooper|
|June 1998 to June 1999||Ward Hadaway|
|July 1998 to June 1999||Lloyds Bank plc|
|February 1999 to November 1999||Hempson|
|March 1999 to January 2000||Berwin Leighton|
|September 1999 to December 2001||British Airways||SCS||Branch Head||Organisational Development||Developing the Department's capacity to change in order to deliver Minister's priorities and to be recognised as a leader in civil service reform|
|July 1999 to April 2000||Addleshaw Booth & Co.|
|October 1999 to October 2000||Deloitte & Touche|
|November 1999 to January 2001||Taylor Woodrow|
|December 1999 to August 2000||Herbert Smith|
|March 2000 to July 2000||MacFarlanes|
|July 2000 to April 2001||Capsticks|
|August 2000 to September 2001||Walker Morris||Secondees to the Private Finance|
|August 2000 to July 2001||Beachcroft Wansborough||The secondees to the Private Finance Unit of the NHS||Unit of the NHS Executive|
|October 2000 to October 2001||Ernst & Young||Executive are equivalent to civil service grade IP4 and titled 'Consultant'.||advise NHS trusts on legal and financial aspects of PFI|
|January 2001 to December 2001||KPMG||contracts.|
|May 2001 to July 2001||Berwin Leighton|
|September 2001 to September 2002||Hornergold & Hills|
|November 2001 to November 2002||Grant Thornton|
|December 2001 to November 2002||Deloitte & Touche|
|January 2002 to July 2002||AMEC|
|February 2002 to August 2002||Eversheds|
For the secondees to the Private Finance Unit the Department of Health negotiates a reimbursement fee with the individual company to cover the period of the secondment.
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and his Department in (i) 19992000, (ii) 200001 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available. 
Ms Blears: Interchange is a key component of the reform agenda. The Modernising Government White Paper committed us to increasing Interchange, in particular by bringing in more people on secondment and sending more of our people out. Secondments and attachments are part of the Interchange Initiative, which promotes the exchange of people and good practice between the Civil Service and other organisations. All sectors of the economy are involved: voluntary, education, health, public and private.
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