To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many operations were carried out in Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast in (a) July 2002 and (b) August 2002; and how many operations are scheduled for the same months in 2003. 
The information is as follows:
(a) During July 2002 there were 412 operations carried out at the Musgrave Park Hospital.
Building work is ongoing at Musgrave Park Hospital to introduce two new Modular Theatres at a cost of £3.83 million. This will result in the temporary closure of a number of theatres during the summer months. Consequently no operations are planned for July 2003. There are 299 operations planned for August 2003.(b) During August 2002 there were 521 operations carried out at the Musgrave Park Hospital.