§ Mr. Milburn
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what details her Department has received about the6W severance payment made to Mr. Rushton, the former chief executive of the Avon ambulance trust. 
§ Mr. Malone
None. National health service trusts can authorise severance payments without reference to the Department of Health. They are required to report termination settlements to the NHS Executive quarterly. The payment to Mr. Rushton was made in April 1995 and will be reported in the return for the quarter to 30 June 1995.