HC Deb 27 January 1981 vol 997 cc386-7W
Mr. Rooker

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the value of capital projects which fell within his Department's Vote which have been abandoned since May 1979; and what has been the cost of preparation and compensation in respect of these projects.

Dr. Vaughan

The Department does not hold information in this form. Each health authority, regional, area, or board of governors, submits to the Department with its annual accounts a statement of losses analysed in broad categories. The category relating to abandoned capital schemes also includes other "fruitless" payments. For the financial year ending 31 March 1980, the latest period for which information is available, the total amount reported as "fruitless" payments—the greater part of which represents abandoned capital schemes—was £66,871.