HC Deb 26 June 1995 vol 262 cc521-3W
Mr. Donohoe

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 29 March,Official Report, column 702, if he will make a statement indicating what specific provision within (a) Dundee Teaching Hospital NHS trust, (b) the Grampian Healthcare NHS trust, (c) the Law Hospital NHS trust, (d) the Hairmyres and Stonehouse NHS trust, (e) the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh NHS trust, (f) the Western General Hospital NHS trust hospital, (g) the Greater Glasgow Community and Mental Health Services NHS trust and (h) the South Ayrshire Hospital NHS trust is being considered for private finance initiatives; what companies have been consulted on the possible provision of these facilities; and what is the value of the services being considered under the private finance initiative and the current position as regards the formal conclusion of contracts between the NHS trusts and the potential investor in the facilities. [29688]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

[holding answer 21 June 1995]: The following schemes are in progress at the trusts listed, each of which involves a private finance element. Dundee Teaching Hospital NHS trust—equipment for the new accommodation at Ninewells hospitals into which services provided at Dundee royal infirmary will be transferred. Grampian Healthcare NHS trust—the preparation of a proposal for Grampian health board to provide clinical facilities including GP beds in Stonehaven, which has been offered by the board to open competition. Law hospital, Hairmyres and Stonehouse, and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh NHS trusts—provision of new facilities to replace the existing hospitals. Western General Hospitals NHS trust—extensive new build, refurbishment and alterations on current site. Greater Glasgow Community and Mental Health NHS trust—an inpatient facility for the acute mentally ill at Stobhill. South Ayrshire Hospital NHS trust—the preparation of a proposal for Ayrshire and Arran health board to provide specified clinical facilities in East Ayrshire, which has been offered by the board to competition between Ayrshire trusts.

Four NHS trusts have advertised in the Official Journal of the European Communities seeking private sector partners and all have shortlisted, or are in the process of shortlisting, tenderers. The shortlist for the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh NHS trust contains three consortia—BICC/BET/Royal Bank of Scotland; Laing/Miller Group/British Linen bank; Wimpey/Serco Services/Impreglio SpA, Morrison Construction. Greater Glasgow Community and Mental Health NHS trust consists of four consortia—British Linen bank/McAlpine/Serco; Royal Bank of Scotland/Balfour Beatty/Initial; Henry Boot/Quayle Munro/Trigon; Laing/Nikko bank. The Western General Hospital and Hairmyres and Stonehouse NHS trusts have not announced their shortlists. None of the schemes has yet reached the stage of concluding contracts. The value of the services will not be known until final proposals have been received from the consortia.