§ Bob Russell
To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is handling the sale of the former Severalls hospital site in Colchester; and when he expects the sale to be completed. 
§ Mr. Hutton
[holding answer 27 February 2003]: Severalls hospital site in Colchester is one of a number of properties included in the one-off sale of remaining retained estate being handled by NHS Estates, an executive agency of the Department of Health.
The sale is expected to be completed, subject to approval, by September 2003.