§ Mr. Denis Murphy
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what will be the total operating and maintenance costs of the national health service network in the current financial year.
§ Mr. Denham
NHSnet is a managed service provided to National Health Service organisations by commercial contractors who funded its development and meet its operating and maintenance costs. Those costs are confidential to the contractors.
The charges levied by these contractors for using NHSnet are met centrally and consist of connection charges and messaging charges. Estimates for the current financial year are: NHSnet connection charges—£8.8 million; messaging charges—£4.3 million.