HC Deb 23 July 1998 vol 316 c650W
26. Mr. Fabian Hamilton

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to replace public funding of capital projects in health and education with private finance. [50513]

Mr. Geoffrey Robinson

As we said in "Modern Public Services for Britain: Investing in Reform", the deciding factor is whether public or private investment offers the best means of securing improved public services. This is the test that my hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Health and the Secretary of State for Education will apply when planning future capital investment for which their Departments are responsible.