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Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual budget is of Monitor; when it was set up; how many paid officials it employs; whether it shares office premises with another publicly-funded body; what annual rental is paid on its offices; and if she will make a statement. (126728)

Monitor (whose statutory name is the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts) was established in January 2004 further to section 2 of, and Schedule 2 to, the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 (which has since been consolidated into the National Health Service Act 2006).

Monitor's annual budget for 2006-07 is £12.8 million, £0.5 million of which relates to Monitor's involvement in the Department's whole health community diagnostic exercise for the acute and mental health national health service trusts.

I am advised by the chairman of Monitor that it currently employs 69 full-time staff and the annual rental paid on its offices, which are not shared with any other publicly funded body, is approximately £358,000.