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Private Finance Initiative

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria his Department uses to compare value for money in a private finance initiative proposal and financing the same scheme from taxation. (140978)

Government Departments use the Treasury's value for money guidance in making assessments about the suitability of PFI as opposed to conventionally financed programmes, both at a project and programme level. This is available at:

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's contingent liability is in the event that all private finance initiative and public-private partnership schemes fail. (140986)

The Government constantly monitor risks and liabilities relating to PFI but do not undertake a central assessment of liabilities in the event that all PFI/PPP schemes fail, not least because any such figure would be dependent on a number of variables surrounding the specific circumstances of the termination.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance he has issued to Departments on the criteria to be used in deciding priorities for the type of projects to be supported using private finance initiative credits. (141370)

The Project Review Group, which oversees the approval process for local authority PFI projects that receive Government support via PFI credits, has an established evaluation framework. This framework covers the criteria on which projects seeking approval will be assessed. Additionally, Departments are required to use the PFI value for money assessment guidance issued by HM Treasury. These documents are available through the Treasury PPP website at:

Beyond this, Departments determine their own priorities reflecting public service agreements and wider Government objectives in deciding which projects are put forward for PFI credits.