§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the performance of NHS trusts in meeting the external financing limits set by his Department. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The performance of national health service trusts against 2000–01 external financing limits is shown in the table.
2000–01 trust external financing limits Number Percentage Total NHS trusts meeting EFL 343 96 Total NHS trusts meeting EFL after £10,000 de minimus applied 350 98
The data are taken from the 2000–01 NHS Trust Summarised Accounts. The data remain provisional, and are subject to continuing audit by the National Audit.
§ Mr. George Osborne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what performance indicators NHS trusts are required to publish regularly. 
§ Mr. Hutton
In the past we published a number of clinical indicators at national health service trust level. The national figures for the first full set of NHS trust performance indicators were published on 1 February 2002. The indicators for each NHS trust will he published1034W develop over time as more data become available, and will in future be published by the Commission for Health Improvement.
In addition, NHS trusts are required to publish an annual report, which must include financial information and information on the number of complaints received. It is also recommended that the report include information on waiting times and cancelled operations.