§ Mr. Mackinlay
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the terms of South Essex Health Authority's contract with London Chest Hospital in relation to heart by-pass operations; and if he will set out the annual number of operations (i) covered by the contract and (ii) performed, for the health authority over the past five years; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Denham
The information available is given in the table.
Coronary artery by-pass grafts performed on South Essex Health Authority residents by the Royal Hospitals Trust Operations Year Actual number performed Planned within service level agreement 1994–95 219 1n/a 1995–96 165 150 1996–97 120 124 1997–98 189 120 1998–99 212 126 1999–2000 — 233 1Prior to the establishment of the Royal Hospitals Trust
South Essex Health Authority—actual number performed Royal Hospitals NHS Trust—planned