HC Deb 23 January 2001 vol 361 c569W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance he has issued to other Departments about the rights to receive windfall profits as part of Private Finance Initiative deals; and how many Departments have agreed such deals(a) in accordance and (b) not in accordance with such guidance. [146839]

Mr. Andrew Smith

Guidance on the refinancing of PFI projects is contained in the Standardisation of PFI Contracts publication produced by the Treasury Taskforce in 1999. This was supplemented by Treasury guidance in July 2000 which alerted Departments to emerging issues in this area; and by guidance from the Office of Government Commerce in November, which proposed that Departments seek an equitable share of refinancing benefits where their consent was required, and where the contract did not cover the terms of that consent. The OGC expects to publish further guidance shortly. Detailed contractual information is not held centrally.