§ Dr. Gibson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the progress with the construction of the new Norfolk and Norwich hospital. 
§ Mr. Milburn
Construction started on the new Norfolk and Norwich Hospital on 12 January 1998. Design and construction work has progressed well and is currently over three weeks ahead of the original design and construction programme. At the current rate of progress the contractor will complete the hospital on or before the contracted date of 9 January 2002.