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Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2002, Official Report, column 498W, on biotechnology research projects, what proportion of (a) the medical research council's#362 million of research and development spending and (b) the Department of
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Health's#510 million research spending shown in Table 3 Looking Forward (Cm 5338) goes into biomedical research. 
Ms Blears: All the research that the Medical Research Council (MRC) supports is biomedical research. An estimated 60 per cent. of the Department's research expenditure is used in the National Health Service to support research by the MRC, by medical research charities and by other research collaborators, a substantial part of which is to support the clinical stages of biomedical research. The Department and the NHS also directly fund health services' biomedical research; for example, through genetics knowledge parks and other programmes. Some 40 per cent. of the Department's policy research programme expenditure is on biomedical research.
Ms Blears: The Department has asked the Medical Research Council (MRC), which receives its grant-in-aid from my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Trade And Industry, via the Office of Science and Technology, to develop a broad strategy for advancing biomedical and health services research on chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). The MRC has appointed an independent scientific advisory group, which will draw on the report of the Chief Medical Officer's Working Group, published in January 2002, on other recent expert reviews in this field and on research reported in the peer reviewed literature. The MRC is committed to the development of a research strategy for CFS/ME that will advance understanding of the aetiology, epidemiology and
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Ms Blears: The estimated full-year running costs of all National Institute for Clinical Excellence appraisal guidance issued up to and including appraisal guidance number 52, relative to previous levels of National Health Service spending where appropriate, amount to some #513 million for England. In some cases the financial impact on the NHS may build up gradually, for instance where infrastructure changes are needed to put the recommendations into full effect.
Mr. Hutton: Data outlining the expenditure on non-National Health Service nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff is shown in the table. These figures include all agency staff and any other staff not directly employed by the individual NHS trusts, health authorities and primary care trusts. A regional breakdown is not available prior to 19961997.
|Region||Expenditure #||Expenditure #||Expenditure #||Expenditure #||Expenditure #||Expenditure #|
|Northern & Yorkshire||not available||6,028,667||6,714,833||7,504,774||9,670,403||11,687,978|
|West Midlands||not available||16,939,663||20,265,855||26,503,757||32,564,528||37,964,326|
|North West||not available||9,570,017||13,211,621||17,857,451||23,917,194||31,022,389|
|South East||not available||21,586,155||29,963,665||41,469,988||52,808,574||66,046,899|
|South West||not available||9,153,908||11,136,944||15,581,455||18,192,822||27,431,981|
1. Annual financial returns for NHS Trusts, 199596200001
2. Annual financial returns of district and regional health authorities and the special health authorities for the London postgraduate teaching hospitals, 199596
3. Annual financial returns for health authorities, 199697200001
4. Annual financial returns for primary care trusts, 200001
Information on expenditure on non-NHS nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff broken down by NHS trust has been placed in the Library. The Department is unable to disaggregate agency nursing costs only, nor provide information on bank nurses as requested.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the neonatal services review; and if he will place a copy of (a) the review and (b) plans to change the configuration of services in the Library.
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Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled (a) on the day of admission and (b) before the day of admission at Wythenshawe Hospital in each quarter since 1997. 
Jacqui Smith: Wythenshawe Hospital is part of South Manchester University Hospitals National Health Service Trust, which comprises both Wythenshawe and Withington Hospitals. Separate figures are not available for each hospital individually or earlier than 1 April 2001.
|Quarter ending||Number of cancellations|
|30 June 2001||82|
|30 September 2001||85|
|31 December 2001||327|
|31 March 2002||498|
|30 June 2002||445|
|30 September 2002||230|
Ms Blears: The Department has provided capital funding from a #5 million allocation in 20022003, which will enable all NHS acute trusts and ambulance service trusts to purchase mobile decontamination facilities and associated chemical personal protective clothing. The implementation programme is currently in progress and several individual trusts will still be awaiting delivery.
Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there were for (a) medical and dental staff, (b) qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff and (c) professions allied to medicine in (i) England, (ii) each NHS region and (iii) each health authority in 2001. 
Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of GP practices met the 24 and 48 hour access targets set out in the NHS Plan in (a) England, (b) each NHS region and (c) each primary care trust at the latest date for which figures are available. 
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on 24 May 2002, Official Report, column 1197W, on hospital transport if he will make a statement on the contribution of voluntary providers to accident and emergency transport. 
Jacqui Smith: Voluntary aided societies do occasionally convey patients to accident and emergency departments from say, sporting events and very occasionally they may provide support to statutory ambulance services.
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