§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Wakefield of 21 April, how many of the performance awards paid to National Health Service managers in the Yorkshire regional health authority area related to their achievement of hospital or ward closures.
§ Mr. Newton
[holding answer 26 April 1988]: Information about the objectives set for individual district and unit general managers is not held centrally. It is however highly unlikely that any such awards are in the form suggested by the hon. Member, since planned hospital or ward closures will normally be part of wider objectives in improving the use of resources or developing new patterns of service, and performance criteria will be related to the achievement of these wider objectives.