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Capital Expenditure

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what capital projects in the areas for which he has responsibility, either directly or through the Eastern health hoard, have been postponed by the recently announced capital expenditure moratorium.

No capital works projects in the Eastern board's area have been postponed as a result of the moratorium.Replacement of the ambulance service radio communications network in the four boards has been postponed and the installation of equipment costing about £0·5 million in the Eastern board's ambulance control centre will therefore be delayed.Replacement of aging medical equipment at a number of the board's hospitals, for which £2·1 million had been earmarked, may have to be postponed. Purchase of special high-cost medical equipment, for which £1·75 million had been earmarked, may also have to be deferred.