§ Mr. Swayne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 1 March 2003,Official Report, column 663W, on the Hillcroft site in Lymington, who negotiated on behalf of New Forest Primary Care Trust; whether the site was offered by tender; and whether the property was disposed of to the party which offered the highest sum. 
§ Ms Blears
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authority have advised that the District Valuer and an independent valuer advised the primary care trust and carried out negotiations on its behalf.
NHS Estates, the Directorate of Health and Social Care, the strategic health authority and New Forest PCT all considered this professional advice and concluded that the offer provided best value.
NHS Estates Property and the Directorate of Health and Social Care approved a negotiated sale to a single bidder who was in a position to pay the best price for the property.