35248 - Mesothelioma: Research (Answered)

Kirsten Oswald
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on the future funding of research into mesothelioma.

George Freeman

The Government agrees that more mesothelioma research is needed and has taken measures to stimulate an increase in the level of research activity.

35073 - NHS: Finance (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will publish a (a) timeline, (b) methodology and (c) work programme for the evaluation and development by NHS England of draft commissioning policies for (i) medicines used outside of their licence, (ii) licensed medicines and (iii) service specifications for possible funding from April 2017.

George Freeman

35069 - NHS: Finance (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons NHS England has not published details of which new specialised services, medicines and interventions it will fund in 2016-17; what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on patients of such details not yet being provided; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

35072 - Cancer: Drugs (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to involve stakeholders in developing the operational detail of the new Cancer Drugs Fund.

George Freeman

35042 - Health Services: Immigrants (Answered)

William Wragg
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has undertaken or commissioned research on the effect on NHS services of immigration (a) in general and (b) from nationals of other EEA countries.

George Freeman

The Department has not undertaken or commissioned specific research on the overall impact of immigration on the National Health Service.

34772 - Congenital Abnormalities: Research (Answered)

Anna Turley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has commissioned on the causes and consequences of neural tube defect-affected pregnancies.

George Freeman

The Department has not recently commissioned specific research on the causes and consequences of neural tube defect-affected pregnancies.

34810 - Department of Health: Vacancies (Answered)

Paula Sherriff
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Department's advertisement on the Hays Recruitment Agency website for a temporary Senior Deputy Head of Media Planning and Strategy on a daily rate of pay, whether the post holder will be paid through (a) the Department's payroll, (b) that agency or (c) a limited company.

George Freeman

The advertisement is for a position within NHS England’s established structure, and the individual will not be employed by, contracted to or paid by the Department.

34824 - Skin Cancer: Drugs (Answered)

Jim Shannon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing on the use of nirolumab and ipilimumab to treat skin cancer.

George Freeman

We have had no such discussions.

Nivolumab (Opdivo) in combination with ipilimumab (Yervoy) does not currently have a marketing authorisation in the United Kingdom for treating advanced or unresectable melanoma.

34587 - NHS: Buildings (Answered)

Derek Twigg
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent from the public purse on the maintenance of NHS buildings in each year since 2010.

George Freeman

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the following table.

34586 - Asthma: Drugs (Answered)

Derek Twigg
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the NHS on asthma drugs in each year since 2010.

George Freeman

Information on National Health Service expenditure on drugs for the treatment of asthma1 in primary and secondary care is shown in the table.

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