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Northwick Park and Mount Vernon Hospitals

Mr. Gareth R. Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list (a) the amount and (b) the purpose of each specific grant allocation made to (i) Northwick Park Hospital and (ii) Mount Vernon Hospital since 1997. [152490]

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Mr. Denham: The information is not available in the format requested. The Department does not give grants to trusts direct. The Department allocates directly to health authorities using a national weighted capitation formula.

Northwick Park Hospital comes under the health economy area of Brent and Harrow health authority. The 2001-02 unified allocation for Brent and Harrow health authority is £371 million, which represents a cash increase of £31 million (8.99 per cent.). Mount Vernon Hospital comes under the health economy area of Hillingdon health authority. The 2001-02 unified allocation for Hillingdon health authority is £184 million, which represents a cash increase of £16 million (9.35 per cent.).

Timber

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much certified timber has been purchased by his Department over the past six months; and what proportion of total timber purchases this represents. [152114]

Ms Stuart: At present Departments do not yet have systems in place to provide data on the proportion of certified timber purchased over the last six months. The interdepartmental timber working group is working to develop a common reporting template which will form the basis for future reporting on timber procurement. An annual report will be provided in line with the answer given on 28 July 2000, Official Report, columns 947-48W, by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Environment.

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published. [152113]

Ms Stuart: Departments will be reporting their progress on all aspects of greening government and the report from Green Ministers is due to be published in November. It will make specific reference to timber procurement. Further information may be published separately.

Alcohol

Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the consultation document on a national strategy for alcohol abuse will be published. [152665]

Ms Stuart: We remain committed to the publication of a cross-Government strategy to tackle alcohol misuse, and we are working with key stakeholders across Government, the alcohol field and the alcohol industry to ensure that this commitment is delivered.

The NHS Plan, published in July 2000, said that the Department would be implementing the strategy by 2004. The Department expects to publish a consultation paper in due course.

Mobile Phones

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes were made to the draft leaflet "Mobile Phones and Health" in the section relating to the use of mobile phones by children and young people under 16 following receipt of comments from the Department of Trade and Industry; and if he will make a statement. [153256]

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Yvette Cooper: Detailed discussions took place between the Department of Health, the Department of Trade and Industry, other Government Departments and United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers throughout the process of developing the leaflet. A number of drafts were discussed as is customary in situations where it is necessary to identify the best way to put complex scientific issues into plain English. The CMOs' intention to provide clear advice to parents over children using mobile phones was paramount throughout. The final version was signed off by all four CMOs after agreement between them.

Psychiatric Drugs

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the use of (a) Prozac and (b) other psychiatric drugs on children. [153260]

Mr. Hutton: Prozac is not licensed for use in children in the United Kingdom. Doctors may prescribe Prozac, outside the normal licensed indication, if they consider that this is in the patient's best interests.

Other psychotropic drugs are less commonly used in children than adults as the prevalence of severe mental illness is considerably lower. Methylphenidate (Ritalin) and other similar stimulants are, however, licensed and used for the treatment of the more severe forms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence issued guidance last November on the use of Methylphenidate.

Waiting Lists (Mid Essex)

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the most recent figures for the numbers of people (a) waiting for hospital treatment and (b) waiting to see a consultant in the Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust area. [153374]

Mr. Denham: The information requested is as follows:

Total number of patients waiting for hospital treatment at Mid Essex Hospital Services National Health Service Trust in January 2001:




Total number of patients waiting 13 weeks or more for an outpatient appointment at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust in Quarter 3, 2000-01:




Abuse in Care

Mr. Dawson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who have been abused as children in the care system since 1971. [153392]

Mr. Hutton: We do not know how many children in care have been abused since 1971, and do not have a sound basis on which to form an estimate. It is a tragedy for any child to be abused, and a particular betrayal when such abuse happens in care. As we made clear in

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"Learning the Lessons", our response to the report of the Waterhouse Inquiry, too many children in the past were failed by the very services that should have been helping them. We are concentrating our efforts on ensuring that such failures in the care system are not allowed to happen again, as evidenced by our programme of new protective legislation for children in care and our £885 million Quality Protects Programme.

Mr. Dawson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what specific services are available for people who were abused while in care. [153394]

Mr. Hutton: A variety of health and social care provision is available for people who were abused while in care. Counsellors, clinical psychologists and others are available within mental health services provided in primary care, and/or specialised services.

Mr. Dawson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people who were abused in care needed mental health services in each of the past three financial years; and what was the cost of these services; [153395]

Mr. Hutton: We are aware that people who have been abused in care may continue to experience mental health problems. However, central records are not kept of the number who disclose this history. We have set out clear national standards in the National Service Framework for Mental Health. It describes how people should be able to get quicker access to more effective treatments in and through primary care, with support from specialised services where necessary.

Children's Manifesto

Ms Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about the Children's Manifesto produced by Barnardos, the Child Poverty Action Group and the NSPCC; and what plans he has to evaluate and monitor services to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. [153397]

Mr. Hutton: The Children's Manifesto is an interesting and thought-provoking document that we are considering carefully. We share the aim expressed in the manifesto of enabling today's young people to grow into secure, confident and resourceful citizens. Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are children in need under the Children Act 1989. Services for them are, therefore, monitored and evaluated in the same way as other children's personal social services. From time to time, as necessary, we look specifically at services for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. For example, we asked local authorities to describe services for this group in their Year 3 Quality Protects Management Action Plans, submitted in January 2001. These plans are currently being evaluated.

Child Sex Abuse

Ms Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that children who sexually abuse other children have access to appropriate treatment services. [153398]

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Mr. Hutton: Children who sexually abuse other children are likely to have considerable, often complex, needs. Local authorities are expected to work closely with their partner agencies to ensure that such children receive support and treatment based on their assessed needs.


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