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Community Hospitals

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been to recipient community hospitals of each scheme approved to date under the expenditure programme of up to £750 million in community hospitals and services announced in July 2006, broken down by constituency; and what the total cost of approved schemes under the programme is. (155737)

[holding answer 8 October 2007]: Capital allocations from the community hospitals and services programme are made to primary care trusts. £94.5 million has been allocated for 14 schemes. The total estimated cost of these schemes is £140 million. No scheme has been allocated less than the amount requested. We do not hold figures broken down into parliamentary constituencies.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many schemes and at what total cost had been approved by the end of financial year 2006-07 from the five-year expenditure programme of up to £750 million in community hospitals and services announced in July 2006. (155738)

[holding answer 8 October 2007]: We announced four schemes in December 2006. A new primary care centre in Washington; the redevelopment of the Gosport War Memorial Hospital; the development of a new community health centre in Yate, Bristol; and the establishment of a Healthy Living Park in Minehead, West Somerset. The total amount allocated to these schemes is £44.6 million. All schemes are subject to the business case approval process.