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NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS is recorded in Estates Return Information Collection data as spending on the reduction of backlog maintenance in each year since 2000-01. (259377)

The information is not available in the precise format requested. The amount invested by national health service trusts specially to reduce backlog maintenance costs was first collected through the Estates Return Information Collection in 2001-02.

The information which is available is shown in the following table.

Total amount of investment to reduce backlog maintenance costs, by NHS trusts in England

£ million

2001-02

296.4

2002-03

402.4

2003-04

426.1

2004-05

1274.9

2005-06

1230.0

2006-07

1216.7

2007-08

1301.2

1 Data collected on a non-compulsory basis.

From 2001-02 to 2003-04 the data were provided on a mandatory basis. However, since 2004-05, NHS trusts have provided the data on a non-compulsory basis, and may therefore not be complete.

Investment to reduce backlog maintenance will be prioritised locally based on risk assessment, reconfiguration planning and available resources. In addition to the investment specifically to reduce backlog maintenance in buildings which are to remain in NHS use, the major hospital building programme has replaced many existing NHS buildings that had significant levels of backlog maintenance.

The data are as provided by the NHS and have not been amended centrally. The accuracy and completeness of those data is the responsibility of the provider organisation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each NHS organisation in England is recorded in Estates Return Information Collection data as spending on reducing its backlog of maintenance in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08; and what organisation code was provided on each occasion that such expenditure was incurred in the period. (259378)

The information has been placed in the Library.

The amount invested by national health service trusts specifically to reduce backlog maintenance costs is collected through the Estates Return Information Collection. Since 2004-05, NHS trusts have provided the data on a non-compulsory basis and it may therefore not be complete.

Investment to reduce backlog maintenance will be prioritised locally based on risk assessment, reconfiguration planning and available resources. In addition to the investment specifically to reduce backlog maintenance in buildings which are to remain in NHS use, the major hospital building programme has replaced many existing NHS buildings that had significant levels of backlog maintenance.

The data are as provided by the NHS and have not been amended centrally. The accuracy and completeness of those data is the responsibility of the provider organisation.