§ Mr. Foulkes
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he received the alternative proposals for the funding of the East Ayrshire community hospital; what discussions have taken place between his Department and officers of the Ayrshire and Arran Community NHS trust about the plans; what 527W recommendations have been made to him by the trust; when he expects to decide on the proposals; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
Further negotiations between the trust and the preferred private finance initiative bidder are currently under way and are covered by commercial confidentiality. Once the outcome of the negotiations is known an announcement will be made.