§ Mr. McLeish
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the target figure in cash terms for the return on capital for each NHS trust annually since their inception and the actual return on capital annually; and how much of the actual surplus was(a) retained by the NHS trusts and (b) returned to the Government. 
§ Mr. Horam
[holding answer 30 January 1996]: National health service trusts are required to make a six per cent. return on their net relevant assets, not a target figure in cash terms. Tables showing the actual return achieved in percentage terms by each trust, and their retained surplus, for the financial year 1991–92 and 1992–93 will be placed in the Library. The equivalent information for the financial years 1993–94 and 1994–95 is already available in the Library within reports on national health service trusts financial performance. Tables showing amounts paid by national health service trusts to the Consolidated Fund in interest and dividends for each financial year since 1991–92—the first year national health service trusts were established—will also be placed in the Library.