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Duchy of Lancaster

Civil Service: Conditions of Employment

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether his Department has made an assessment of the merits of introducing a results-only work environment within the Civil Service. [210060]

Mr. Watson: Civil Service pay awards reflect an individual's outputs, results and performance rather than hours worked or presence at the workplace. Under the delegated arrangements for staff below the Senior Civil Service, Departments and agencies must have reward systems that include a close and effective link between pay and performance. For the Senior Civil Service, for whom pay is managed by the Cabinet Office, non-consolidated payments, which have to be earned each year, are used to incentivise staff to deliver business objectives successfully.

Departmental Postal Services

Sarah Teather: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Prime Minister’s Office spent on sending mail overseas in each year since 2001, broken down by delivery company. [208522]

Phil Hope: The Prime Minister’s Office forms an integral part of the Cabinet Office. Information on how much the Cabinet Office spent on sending mail overseas in each year since 2001, broken down by delivery company, is not fully available and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Records: Lost Property

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when on 11 June 2008 the Prime Minister was first informed of the loss of intelligence documents relating to Al Qaeda from the Cabinet Office. [211586]


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Edward Miliband: I refer the hon. Member to the statement I made in the House on 12 June 2008, Official Report, column 487.

Departmental Sustainable Development

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when his Department plans to publish its sustainable operations policy statement. [195874]

Phil Hope: Our Environmental Policy contains our policy on sustainable operations:

Departmental progress is reported annually by the Sustainable Development Commission.

Health

Abortion

Mr. Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of providing an abortion on the NHS was in the last 12 months. [211447]

Dawn Primarolo: The average cost of providing an abortion on the national health service in 2006-07(1) was £650.

Air Ambulance Services

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what personnel make up an air ambulance team; and which personnel are funded by the NHS; [211282]

(2) what percentage of air ambulances are staffed by personnel funded by the NHS. [211283]

Mr. Bradshaw: Information on personnel that make up an air ambulance team is not collected centrally.

The Government appreciate that air ambulances have a role in delivering emergency care, but are also aware that they are very expensive to operate and that past research failed to show that they were strong candidates to be funded wholly from finite national health service resources. In view of these factors, and to strike an appropriate balance, the NHS has, since 1 April 2002, normally met the cost of clinical staff on air ambulances. However, the exact make-up of such funded clinical staff will be a matter for the NHS and the air ambulance charities to agree locally.

Ambulance Services: Heart Diseases

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) stroke and (b) heart attack patients died on a journey to hospital in an ambulance in each year since 1997; and how long each journey was in (i) miles and (ii) minutes. [210142]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information requested is not collected centrally.


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The ambulance response data that are collected centrally, and which include the number of emergency calls received by ambulance trusts across England and their performances against the targets set, are published annually. The latest statistical bulletin, ‘Ambulance Services, England, 2006-07’ was published in June 2007 and copies are available in the Library.

Arthritis: Medical Treatments

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what submissions he has received on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's recent guidance on the sequential prescribing of anti-TNF drugs to treat NHS patients with rheumatoid arthritis. [210475]

Ann Keen: The Department has received no submissions on this guidance.

Departmental Electricity

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total quantity of electricity in kilowatts consumed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies was in each of the last five years. [188977]

Mr. Bradshaw: In the last five years the total quantity of electricity kilowatts consumed by the Department were:

kilowatts

2002-03

13,779,000

2003-04

13,914,000

2004-05

14,219,000

2005-06

13,469,000

2006-07

12,340,000


The Department's agencies consumed:

kilowatts

2002-03

593,896

2003-04

578,984

2004-05

580,332

2005-06

640,780

2006-07

2,371,986


The information in this answer covers the Department's central London administrative estate of Richmond House, Wellington House and Skipton House. The Department is a minor occupier in New Kings Beam House HM Revenue and Customs and Quarry House in Leeds Department for Work and Pensions and the data for these sites are not available to us. Reductions in 2005-06 and 2006-07 are due to the closure of two London buildings, Eileen House and Hannibal House.

For the Department's agencies this answer provides data on two agencies, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency. MHRA do not have data relating to electricity consumption prior to 2007, hence the larger figure for 2006-07. The data supplied for NHS PASA relate to electricity consumed at their Reading, Chester and Sheffield sites.


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The overall reduction in the departmental administrative estate represents a reduction in CO2 emissions in line with our commitment to climate change objectives.

Departmental Pay

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by Senior Civil Service staff in his Department and its agencies in the last 12-month period for which figures are available. [187539]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department does not routinely analyse staff expenses by grade of staff as this is not a requirement of our statutory reporting. A considerable manual exercise would need to be undertaken to separate the expenses of each member of the Senior Civil Service from those of other staff in order to provide this information. Such an exercise would incur disproportionate costs.

Similarly, information by grade on the expenses of staff employed in the Department's agencies is not routinely collected.

Departments and agencies have authority to reimburse expenses incurred by their staff in connection with their employment, subject to the conditions set out in section 8 of the Civil Service Management Code which state that Departments and agencies must:

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of employees in his Department who received a performance-related bonus at their last appraisal were (a) male, (b) female, (c) from an ethnic minority, (d) disabled and (e) not heterosexual; and if he will make a statement. [208379]

Mr. Bradshaw: The figures requested are provided in the following table:

Group Number receiving bonuses Proportion of bonuses to this group (percentage)

Males

95

59.0

Females

66

41.0

Ethnic minorities(1)

6

4.3

Disabled(2)

10

6.8

All recipients of bonuses

161

100

(1) Where ethnicity is recorded. (2) Where disabled status is recorded. Notes: 1. Ethnicity type is unknown in 21 cases where bonuses were awarded. 2. Disability status is unknown in 15 cases where bonuses were awarded.

Information on civil servants’ sexual orientation is not currently collected or published.


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Departmental Public Expenditure

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 148 of his Department’s Annual Report 2008, if he will provide a breakdown of the other allocations budget in figure 9.18 for each financial year. [209141]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information requested is shown in the following table.

Breakdown of other allocations budget in figure 9.18 of the departmental report for each financial year
£ million
Budget 2007-08 2008-09( 1)

Health Improvement and Protection

232.516

312.022

Communications

0.500

Commissioning

58.387

98.695

Provider Development

20.028

Workforce

210.322

230.245

Finance and Operations Directorate

93.254

66.982

Commercial

90.000

12.533

Chief Nursing Officer

38.355

37.951

Social Care

71.481

72.963

Policy and Strategy

7.166

Equality and Human Rights

3.750

3.951

NHS Finance Performance and Operations

70.116

NHS Medical Director

30.895

91.892

SHA Allocations

150.000

106.000

Technical non-cash costs

205.400

-123.727

Contingency

187.104

7.000

Dentistry

58.543

Total

1,450.535

993.790

(1) Indicative.
Note:
The table shows budgets for both financial years as, at the time of publication of the departmental report, the 2007-08 outturn figures were not known and the 2008-09 budget figures were still indicative.

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