§ Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the allocated budget for the new NHS performance tables; and if she will indicate the value of the contract awarded to Phoenix Interface Technology Ltd.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
The budget for the first set of national health service performance tables is £300,000. This includes the cost of the contract for the initial data collection exercise which was awarded to Siemens-Nixdorf Information Systems Limited who subcontracted to Phoenix Interface Technology Ltd. The value of the contract was £16,423 plus value added tax. The initial non-recurring set-up costs have yet to be finalised.