5417 - Medical Treatments (Answered)

Greg Mulholland
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NHS England will publish its methodology for ranking treatments to commission for ultra-rare diseases.

George Freeman

NHS England published its Prioritisation Framework for 2015/16 on 26 June 2015. A copy has been attached and it is also available on the NHS England website at:

5456 - NHS England: Meetings (Answered)

Greg Mulholland
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the minutes of the meetings of (a) NHS England's Clinical Priorities Group which met on 25 and 26 June 2015 and (b) the Specialised Services Commissioning Committee which met on 30 June 2015.

George Freeman

5252 - Agriculture: Technology (Answered)

Mr Chuka Umunna
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, by what date he plans for the Centre of Agricultural Informatics and Metrics of Sustainability to be operational.

George Freeman

Innovate UK are on track to sign the contract with the consortium partners to make the Centre of Agricultural Informatics and Metrics of Sustainability a legal entity before Recess. Upon signing the consortium will move to make the Centre operational later in the year.

4491 - Ivacaftor (Answered)

Mr Virendra Sharma
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NHS England's Clinical Priorities Advisory Group to reach a decision on the availability of the drug Ivacaftor for cystic fibrosis patients with one of the eight non-G551D gating mutations.

George Freeman

NHS England's Clinical Priorities Advisory Group is an advisory committee and does not make decisions.

4933 - Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Ernst and Young (Answered)

Paula Sherriff
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the contract held by Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust with Ernst & Young.

George Freeman

No information is held by the Department.

4935 - NHS Trusts: Accountancy and Management Consultants (Answered)

Paula Sherriff
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what purposes NHS hospital trusts may contract (a) management consultancy and (b) accountancy services; and what information his Department holds on such spending.

George Freeman

The Department reports expenditure on “consultancy services” in the administration and programme costs notes in its Annual Report and Accounts.

4924 - Cancer: Research (Answered)

Colleen Fletcher
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding his Department allocated to each category of expenditure on cancer research in each of the last five years.

George Freeman

Spend on research funded directly by the Department’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is categorised by Health Research Classification System (HRCS) health categories including ‘cancer’. There are no HRCS health sub-categories. NIHR spend in the cancer health category is shown in the following table.

£ million

4908 - NHS Property Services: Billing (Answered)

Rosie Cooper
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contractors commissioned to undertake work for NHS Property Services have had to wait more than (a) one, (b) three and (c) six months to be paid in each of the last three years.

George Freeman

Information relating to contractors undertaken to work for NHS Property Services Ltd can be found in the table below.

Within payment

terms

Up to 1 month

1 to 3 months

4907 - NHS: Buildings (Answered)

Rosie Cooper
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the performance of NHS Property Services in maintaining the upkeep of NHS buildings for which it is responsible.

George Freeman

4909 - NHS: Buildings (Answered)

Rosie Cooper
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS Property Services keeps a schedule of dilapidations and schedule of works.

George Freeman

NHS Property Services deals with Schedules of Dilapidations when these are received from a Landlord at the expiry of a leasehold interest. A financial provision is made to account for potential schedules. Current provisions amount to £113.7 million across 1,083 properties in the portfolio.

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