(2) what the cost was of establishing the NHS Bank; what its running costs were in each year since 2003; and if she will make a statement.
The NHS Bank is a mutual organisation of the strategic health authorities. There were no costs associated with its establishment. The running costs budgets for each year that it has been in operation are shown in the following table.
Cost (£) 2003-04 183,000 2004-05 180,000 2005-06 130,000 2006-07 125,000
Two people are employed to run the NHS Bank. Both staff are finance professionals.