To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the public capital for the National Health Service that could be released in each strategic health authority area by the disposal of surplus land and buildings on the basis of (a) current use, and (b) market value. [HL4964]
Under the local arrangements for managing National Health Service estate, the disposal of surplus land and buildings are decisions that are taken locally rather than nationally. The planned value of income such disposals for non-foundation trusts during this financial year and next is estimated to be £200 million per annum. Equivalent data for foundation trusts are not available.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department of Health will consider the outsourcing of the management of National Health Service land and buildings in the light of the experiences in that area of the Department for Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Defence. [HL4965]
Individual National Health Service trusts are separate legal entities. They are responsible for the management and disposal of land and buildings in their ownership. The department currently has no plans to seek to outsource at a national level the management of land and buildings in the ownership of National Health Service trusts.