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NHS: Finance

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what capital expenditure allocations to NHS organisations have been agreed for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; which organisation will receive the funding in each case; and what the purpose of the funding is in each case. (255341)

Information on the amounts of capital resources so far allocated to strategic health authorities, national health service trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in 2008 to 2009 has been placed in the Library.

The allocations data provided show the total capital resources allocated up to the end of Quarter 3, December 2008. Allocations include capital funding for locally prioritised capital expenditure and programme capital for centrally announced initiatives and reflect adjustments for capital grants to third parties.

Some organisations are showing a negative capital allocation. Negative allocations can arise where there are planned asset disposals and the selling organisation does not plan to reinvest the total value of the disposal in capital assets in the selling organisation's books in the year of disposal.

Allocations for 2009-10 are being set as part of NHS trusts' and PCTs' financial plans. This financial planning process is ongoing. 2010-11's capital allocations for NHS trusts and PCTs will be set under a similar process.

The Department does not hold information on the capital investment plans of NHS foundation trusts.