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NHS Foundation Trusts: Land

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS funding allocations to NHS foundation trust hospitals take into account the income each trust receives from land sales. (259737)

Revenue allocations are made directly to primary care trusts, not NHS foundation trusts. Capital allocations from the Department require a demonstration of need, and proceeds from land sales are taken into account when agreeing the financing of a project.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS Hospital foundation trusts have sold land since their establishment; how much was sold in each case; and how much each trust received from the sale. (259739)

We are informed by the chairman of Monitor (the statutory name of which is the independent regulator for NHS foundation trusts (NHS FTs) that his organisation does not receive details or maintain a register of all land disposals by NHS FTs.

If an NHS FT intends to dispose of land, Monitor will be involved if the land is defined as a protected asset—one required for the delivery of a service commissioned by a primary care trust, or if the disposal qualifies as a major investment.