§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether(a) the Secta Group Ltd., (b) Quo Health and (c) Sema Health have managed a hospital before. 
§ Mr. Hutton
[holding answer 13 January 2003]: The independent panel set up by the National Health Service Appointments Commission assessed the general ability of each private sector organisation to run a hospital trust.
The expertise and experience of every organisation which tenders for a national health service franchise and individuals leading any bid on behalf of that organisation will be thoroughly and rigorously assessed before any contract is awarded.