HC Deb 13 November 2001 vol 374 cc684-5W
Mr. Andrew Turner

To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what extent each ambulance service in England met Government performance targets in the most recent year for which information is available; what the cost of each service was for that year; and what the cost per head of population of providing each service was in that year. [12926]

Ms Blears

[holding answer 6 November 2001]: Information about response times to emergency calls for all national health service ambulance trusts is contained in the Department of Health Statistical Bulletin "Ambulance Services, England 2000–01". A copy is in the Library and available at www.doh.uk/public/sb0115.htm.

Information on the cost of each service and the cost per head of population of providing each service is specified in the table (the most recent available figures are for 2000–01).

provision of digital hearing aids under the modernising NHS hearing aids services project throughout the financial year 2002–03; [13779]

(2) pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Stafford (Mr. Kidney) of 11 July 2001, Official Report, column 508, on digital hearing aids, at what date following the presentation of the Institute of Hearing Research's final evaluation report he will make an announcement about extending changes in hearing aid services to all NHS audiology departments. [13746]

Jacqui Smith

The evaluation of the modernisation project will be taken into account when considering further investment next year in a national health service hearing aid service, which includes the provision of digital hearing aids. The Department has received interim evaluation reports from the Institute of Hearing Research, and will continue to be updated on progress. Planning and decisions on modemisation and associated funding and resources are being kept under review until further data can start to be taken into account.