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Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he undertakes of the extent to which patients and professional groups who lobby for the increased use of pharmaceutical drugs are (a) financed and (b) influenced by pharmaceutical companies. 
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exemption system; and what plans he has to extend the prescription exemption to people suffering from asthma. 
Mr. Lammy: We have no current plans to review the prescription charging arrangements. Our policy is to give priority to helping people who may have difficulty in paying charges, rather than extending the exemption arrangements to people with other medical conditions including asthma.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which 10 architectural partnerships have received the most commissions since 1997 from the NHS; and how much money each has each received for its work. 
Mr. Hutton: Of the 28 major hospital schemes (24 private finance initiatives and four public capital) which have reached financial close, the following architect firms and services have been commissioned by national health service trusts:
|South Buckinghamshire NHS trust||David Hutchison Partnership||55,006|
|South Manchester university hospitals NHS trust||HLM||275,000|
|Hereford hospitals NHS trust||Strategic Health||(21)|
|Worcestershire acute hospitals NHS trust||Strategic Health||(21)|
|Swindon and Marlborough NHS trust||Ansell and Bailey||134,178|
|Leeds community and mental health services teaching NHS trust||Thompson Spencer Associates||(21)|
|St. George's hospital NHS trust||Broadway Malyan||45,000|
|Dudley group of hospitals NHS trust||Llewellyn Davies||(21)|
|Berkshire healthcare NHS trust||Llewellyn Davies||36,879|
|Gloucestershire Royal NHS trust||Nightingale Associates||163,100|
|Post PITN: Anshen Dyer Architects||39,273|
|Publicly funded schemes|
|Rochdale healthcare NHS trust||Gilling Dod||144,000|
|Central Sheffield university hospitals NHS trust||George Trew Dunn Partnership||415,000|
|Royal Berkshire and Battle hospital NHS trust||Nightingale Associates||3,552,845|
|Guy's and St. Thomas NHS trust||Michael Hopkins and Partners||2,190,169|
(21) Provided a package of advisory services, which included design elements, so not possible to identify architectural fees separately
(3) what percentage of sufferers of cystic fibrosis are in receipt of free prescriptions because they receive income-related benefits or for other reasons. 
Mr. Lammy: Our policy is to give priority to helping people who may have difficulty in paying charges, rather than extending the exemption arrangements to people with other medical conditions such as cystic fibrosis.
When we reviewed the prescription charging arrangements as part of the 1998 comprehensive spending review, we noted that there was no consensus on what additional conditions might be included in any revised list of medical exemptions, or how distinctions could be drawn between one condition and another. We concluded that it would not be right to consider one group in isolation.
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Mr. Lammy: The medical conditions conferring exemption from prescription charge were introduced in 1968 and are set out in the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) Regulations 2000. They are:
Mr. Lammy: We estimate that the loss of prescription charge income in England would be around £434 million in 200203. Additionally, there could be significant additional costs to the drugs bill if people who currently pay charges sought prescriptions for medicines and other items which they currently purchase.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of extra spending announced for the NHS in the recent Budget will be allocated for treatment of and research into diabetes; 
(3) how much type one diabetes has cost the NHS in treatment over each of the last five years. 
Mr. Lammy: Information is not collected centrally how much Type 1 diabetes costs the national health service in treatment, but it has been estimated that around 5 per cent. of total NHS resources are used for the care of people with diabetes.
The Budget provides the highest sustained growth in NHS history, with annual average increases of 7.4 per cent. in real terms over the five years 200304 to 200708. Decisions about the allocation of the increased funding will be announced later this year.
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Mr. Lammy: A range of options are being considered by North Stoke Primary Care Trust (PCT) in order to ensure that the residents of Packmoor and the rest of North Stoke receive a general practitioner service fit for the needs of the local population. I have no current plans to visit North Stoke but would be willing to meet constituents to discuss their concerns when I or one of my colleagues are next in the area, and the PCT's plans are more fully developed.
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding was given to the North Staffordshire health authority to assist it in producing the strategic service development plan; and if he will place a copy of the consultant's report in the Library. 
Mr. Hutton: North Staffordshire health authority received £60,000 from the Department to assist in producing its strategic service development plan. The PriceWaterhouseCoopers consultants' report formed one element of the overall expenditure.
The consultants' report contains confidential and sensitive information about general practitioner services and cannot in its current format be placed in the public domain. The consultants' report is being used to inform the strategic services development plan, the main report of which is due for completion in summer. A copy of that report will be made available to local MPs and stakeholders.
Ms Atherton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on fibromyalgia; and what assistance is available through the National Health Service for sufferers of fibromyalgia. 
Ms Blears: The Department funds research to support its work on policy development and evaluation in health and social care. The Department supports research and development of relevance to the national health service in hospitals, general practice and other health care settings. The Medical Research Council (MRC), which is funded by the Department of Trade and Industry, funds medical research as part of the Government's funding of the research base.
The Department commissioned a research project entitled "A Randomised Control Trial of exercise prescription in fibromyalgia" which was completed in September 2001. In addition the Department provides NHS support funding for research commissioned by the research councils and charities but which takes place in the NHS. The Department is currently supporting 9 such ongoing projects on fibromyalgia and full details can be found on the National Research Register at:hhtp:;;www.doh.gov.uk/ research/nrr.htm
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competition with other demands on funding. Awards are made according to their scientific quality and importance to human health.
The NHS provides a wide range of services to which people with fibromyalgia have access, and such patients are seen within a wide range of hospital specialities. Under the present system it is for primary care trusts to plan and arrange the services available to people in their care, as they are closest to the people they serve and so best placed to respond sensitively to their needs.
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