§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many trusts failed to meet the deadline to agree contracts with their purchasers; and how many he expects to go to arbitration. 
§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
Agreement was reached by all trusts and health authorities in the 1996–97 financial year without recourse to arbitration.
Negotiations for 1997–98 contracting round are on-going.