§ Mr. Webb
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been lent by the NHS Bank to North Bristol NHS Trust in(a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; and how much is expected to be lent in (c) 2004–05 and (d) 2005–06 and beyond; how much of this is expected to be repaid, and over what timescale; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Rosie Winterton
[holding answer 27 April 2004]: Applications for NHS Bank assistance are made on behalf of national health service trusts by the managing strategic health authority (SHA). The North Bristol 1357W trust received the following sums from the overall sums made available to Avon Gloucestershire and Wiltshire SHA area.
£ million 2002–2003 0 2003–2004 18.1
Final decisions have not been made on the level of special assistance for the SHA, but they expect the North Bristol trust to receive £20 million in 2004–05. No decision has been made on funding for 2005–06.
Decisions on recovery of funds will be determined at a later stage and may well involve reductions to capital resources as well as or instead of revenue.