§ Mr. McLoughlin
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many chief executives of primary health care groups have been appointed in South Derbyshire and North Derbyshire; 
(2) what is the annual cost to South Derbyshire and North Derbyshire Health Authorities of employing the chief executives for the primary health care groups in their area. 
§ Mr. Denham
Within North and Southern Derbyshire health authorities there are a total of ten primary care groups. Each of these will have a chief executive whose salary will be approved by the Health Authority's Remuneration Committee.
To date, seven chief executives have been appointed. National guidance gave a framework for salaries ranging between £34,000–50,000.
All these costs will be met within the funds released by the closure of the general practitioner fundholding scheme.