§ Mr. Chisholm
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the proposed allocation of risks between the national health service and the private sector for the proposed new Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh; and what are the public expenditure implications. 
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
[holding answer 30 June 1995]: The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh trust has yet to finalise details of the specification to be issued in September to its shortlisted tenderers. Therefore, details of proposed allocation of risks will not be available until that time. However, the trust will be seeking to transfer risk in the areas such as design, planning, construction, maintenance, equipment obsolescence, residual value of assets and performance in terms of quality support services. Until final details of risk transfer are available, the effect on public expenditure cannot be estimated.