HC Deb 17 February 1997 vol 290 cc409-10W
Mr. John D. Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which projects have been given private finance initiative approval; which projects have been authorised to seek PFI funding; which projects are being considered as suitable for PH funding; and if he will make a statement on the progress of the PFI in Northern Ireland. [15321]

Sir John Wheeler

The private finance initiative in Northern Ireland is beginning to gather momentum. NI Departments and the Northern Ireland Office are committed to making the maximum use of private finance opportunities, and have appointed appropriate personnel to advance the initiative as effectively as possible within their own programmes. Projects approved under the private finance initiative to date include a contract energy services scheme at Holywell hospital, car parking facilities at the Royal group of hospitals, and leasing of medical and other equipment. All capital projects are required to consider private finance solutions, details of projects which are currently under consideration for PFI are given in the table.

Bangor and Kinnegar sewerage treatment works Design, build, finance and operate
Hydro electric project Hydro electric scheme
Westlink urban motorway Design, build, finance and operate
Motorway emergency telephone system Replace and operate system
Strangford ferry Replace ferry
Holywood road, social security office Government office accommodation
Hydebank Government office accommodation
DVTA vehicle testing project Vehicle testing and information technology
Land registry IT system Computerisation
Planning service IT system Computerisation
Antrim bus station/library Bus station/library
Ulsterbus/Citybus Bus replacement
Northern Ireland railways Class 80 rolling stock replacement
Ulster folk and transport museum Visitors centre
North west institute of further and higher education Additional teaching accommodation
Belfast institute of further and higher education Additional teaching accommodation
St. Genevieve's high school New accommodation
Drumglass high school New accommodation
Wellington college Refurbishment
Balmoral high school Refurbishment
Ulster hospital Extension/refurbishment
Downe hospital New block/refurbishment
Belfast city hospital New renal dialysis facilities
Belfast city hospital Car park facilities on site
Causeway hospital Contract energy services
Daisy Hill hospital Renal dialysis facilities
Craigavon area hospital Contract energy services
Clinical waste disposal Development of clinical waste facility
Royal group of hospitals Theatres and intensive care equipment
T and EA IT system Computerisation

In addition to the projects listed on the table, the Department of Education is also undertaking a market sounding study of its schools estate in order to assess the wider potential for PFI in respect of more than 100 high-priority schools projects.

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