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Inventures Disposals

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 1 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Southlands Hospital land in Shoreham has been included in the bulk sale of properties in the Inventures disposals; what (a) price and (b) terms will be secured by its sale; and whether it will be sold with planning permission. [109894]

[holding answer 28 April 2003]: The surplus parts of the hospital have been included in the portfolios of properties that will form the basis of the proposed real estate partnership with the private sector. Miller/Bank of Scotland have been chosen as preferred partner. The price and other terms of the sale are commercially confidential.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of the inventures disposals which will be sold without planning permission; and if he will make a statement on his policy on the sale of NHS property without planning permission. [109895]

[holding answer 28 Apri1 2003]: Details of which properties will be the subject of the proposed real estate partnership with Miller/Bank of Scotland are still being finalised.In selling National Health Service property, the principles of Government Accounting and the Department of Health's own guidance, Estatecode, are followed.