HC Deb 20 December 1985 vol 89 cc416-7W
Mr. Kirkwood

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will set out a table showing the over-commitment against resource assumptions of each regional health authority forward capital programme for the year 1987–88 to 1993–94.

Mr. Hayhoe

Regional health authorities need to take account of their planned capital allocations, expected income from the sale of surplus land and property, and any planned transfers between their revenue and capital budgets, in determining whether their projected capital programmes are affordable. Regions' strategic plans, which have been submitted to the Department for approval, contain information on capital spending plans, but some regions have indicated that those plans are subject to revision. In addition, regions are required to submit reports by the end of December on their proposals for selling surplus residential accommodation, which will further increase the total amount of capital available. It is not therefore possible to give a comprehensive account of available resources and planned expenditure.