Mr. Robert Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Health which regional or district health authorities in England have employed outside financial consultants to prepare business plans for direct management unit or NHS trust status; in each case which consultants were employed; and what was the cost to each regional or district health authority.
§ Mr. Robin Cook
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish his Department's estimate of the cash value of the return on capital element of the contract prices to be charged by each NHS trust in the 1991–92 financial year;
(2) if he will publish the figures used for establishing the external financing limits of each of the NHS trusts;
(3) what is the planned level of capital spending by each NHS trust in the 1991–92 financial year.
§ Mr. Dorrell
[holding answer 4 February 1991]: National health service trusts are free to manage their 97W affairs within their external financing limits. It is not appropriate to publish the detailed information underlying the calculations of external financing limits.