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NHS Services: Cumbria

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) capital and (b) running costs are of each of the proposed Clinical Assessment, Treatment and Support Services centres for Cumbria and Lancashire. (111636)

Financial information relating to the scheme is considered commercially sensitive as the scheme is still subject to negotiation. The Department is engaged in negotiations with the independent sector in relation to the provision of similar health care services in other areas. To release information relating to cost at this time would therefore harm the Department’s ability to secure best value for money in the procurement of services from the independent sector for the national health service.

The disclosure of information was considered in line with provision of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.