§ Mr. Greg Knight
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expected overall cost is of locating the headquarters of the North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire Health Authority at York. 
§ Jacqui Smith
The cost incurred in provisionally locating and establishing the Strategic Health Authority (StHA) HQ for North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire is for the rent of two offices in the York Science Park for February and March 2002. This will be approximately £3,500. This is the Project Office for the Strategic Health Authority pending a discussion about its permanent location.
On 20 March 2002, the StHA shadow Board discussed the option appraisal and work in progress to produce an outline business case for a permanent location. It was unanimously agreed that appropriate criteria had been used to inform the option appraisal on the location of the StHA and that the decision made by the Chairman and Chief Executive (Designate) that the York Science Park be the permanent location, was supported. Formal consideration of the outline business case was part of the first StHA Board meeting on 18 April 2002.