§ Ms Armstrong
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria have been issued to hospital trusts regarding the assessment of bids from groups of companies for development of new hospitals through the private finance initiative. 
§ Mr. Sackville
There is general guidance on the appraisal of proposals and assessment of tenders for hospital developments in the national health service executives capital investment manual and in the NHS estates guidance CONCODE. The specific criteria used for individual schemes are decided locally. Copies of these documents are available in the Library.