HC Deb 05 November 1992 vol 213 cc347-8W
Mr. Robert Ainsworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide details of the reason for the delay in the joint trust application by Walsgrave and Coventry and Warwickshire hospitals; and what assessment he has made of the need to change the legal position in this regard.

Dr. Mawhinney

The decision on Walsgrave and Coventry and Warwickshire's application has been deferred along with two other applications because of the need for the Walsgrave national health service trust to undertake further internal consultation with its staff. Consideration is currenty being given to an amendment to the National Health Service Trusts (Consultation on Dissolution) Regulations 1991.

Mr. Milburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Leeds, West (Mr. Battle) on 18 May,Official Report, column 63, if she will analyse the figures stated for expenditure on establishing NHS trusts into the different categories of expenditure linked in her answer.

Dr. Mawhinney

I refer the hon. Member to the replies I gave him on 26 October 1992 at columns478–80 and on 3 November 1992 at column 180.