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Construction

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many construction projects his Department undertook in each of the last three years for which the capital cost was greater than £1.5 million; and what the combined value was of these projects; (202538)

(2) how many construction projects his Department undertook in each of the last three years for which the capital cost was less than £1.5 million; and what the combined value of these projects was.

The construction of most new health facilities by national health service bodies is undertaken by means of three particular procurement methods. These are the private finance initiative (PFI) for hospital facilities, ProCure 21 to deliver public capital funded hospital facilities and local improvement finance trust developments in respect of primary care facilities that are commissioned by primary care trusts (PCTs).

Information on the number and capital value of projects and the date that construction began for these three programmes is held centrally and is given in aggregated form in the table.

Details are not held centrally on construction projects undertaken by the NHS by means other than the three procurement methods identified. These are predominantly the smaller public capital funded schemes commissioned locally by NHS trusts and PCTs and which are below departmental delegated approval limits.

Construction projects above £1.5 millionConstruction projects below £1.5 million

Number

Value (£ million)

Number

Value (£ million)

2005-06

83

1,850

12

17

2006-07

44

2,488

3

4

2007-08

63

2,754

5

6