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Written Parliamentary Question: 29th March 2006

Predictive Diallers

Q: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2006, Official Report, column 1251W, on predictive diallers, what estimate she has made of the cost of establishing whether any public body for which her Department is responsible uses predictive dialling.(John Hemming)

A:My reply of 7 March 2006, Official Report, column 1251W, on predictive diallers was based on an estimate that it would cost between £3,000 and £6,000 (£5 to £10 for each public body concerned) to obtain this information from the bodies themselves. (Liam Byrne, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health)

Primary Care Trusts

Q: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much purchaser protection adjustment she expects to be lost to each primary care trust in each of the next three years. (John Hemming)

A:holding answer 16 February 2006

The 2006–07 payment by results transitional adjustments for commissioners are based on giving primary care trusts 50 per cent. parity. No decision has yet been made on these adjustments beyond 2006–07. (Liam Byrne, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health)

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R v SUSSEX JUSTICES ex p McCARTHY [1924] 1 KB 256

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