§ Mr. Lidington
To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is the Government's policy that strategic health authorities should(a) monitor the financial performance of trusts within their area and (b) collate estimates of the end-of-year financial outturn for each trust. 
Number of last minute cancellations for non-clinical reasons Number of cancellations as a percentage of elective admissions Q4 Q1 Q2 Q4 Ql Q2 2001–02 2002–03 2002–03 2001–02 2002–03 2002–03 United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust1 159 170 179 1.1 1.2 1.2 Trent Strategic Health Authority2 n/a 607 568 n/a 1.0 0.9 England3 19,973 14,808 14,826 1.5 1.1 1.1 1 Data is not published on the basis of individual hospitals. The figures are therefore provided for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which manages the Pilgrim hospital. 2 Trent Strategic Health Authority was created in April 2002. The former Trent Regional Office covered a different geographical area. 3 For data on hospitals in Wales, please refer to the Welsh Assembly.
§ Jacqui Smith
[holding answer 13 February 2003]: It is the Government's policy that strategic health authorities should monitor the financial performance of national health service trusts within their area and collate estimates of the full year financial outturn for each NHS trust.