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Hospitals: Capital Investment

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to increase capital expenditure on hospitals as part of the Government’s plans to create up to 100,000 new jobs through public works; (248744)

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be created by increased funding for hospital projects in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011 under the Government’s plans to create up to 100,000 new jobs through public works; and what proportion of these jobs he estimates will go to British workers.

The figure of 100,000 is based on initial estimates provided to the Treasury from all Government Departments about the potential employment impact in 2009-10 of the total public capital resources available to them as announced in the 2008 pre-Budget report, including the fiscal stimulus. The Department has made initial estimates that continuing work on new, centrally recorded public capital funded hospital and other health care schemes will sustain and create over 7,500 construction jobs in 2009-10. These figures do not include construction jobs which will be sustained and generated under minor works programmes or the Department’s public-private partnership building programmes such as the private finance initiative, which are financed by national health service bodies from revenue budgets.