§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the(a) actual deficits and (b) projected deficits of each health trust as a percentage of their budgets for the last three years. 
§ Mr. Galbraith
In 1994–95, one Trust reported a retained deficit as a result of a loss on disposal of fixed assets. In 1995–96, two Trusts reported retained deficits, which were technical in nature, as a result of a loss on disposal of fixed assets. In 1996–97, three Trusts reported retained deficits. Fife Healthcare experienced a deficit of £1.9 million as a result of a funding gap and the Victoria Infirmary's deficit of £6 million was caused by a combination of loss on disposal of fixed assets of £4.2 million and £1.8 million due to financial difficulties. One other Trust had a deficit which was technical in nature as a result of loss on disposal of fixed assets.