HC Deb 23 June 2003 vol 407 c588W
Mr. Norman

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been budgeted for pilot studies to demonstrate ways of implementing the European Working Time Directive in NHS hospitals. [119781]

Mr. Hutton

A fund of £46 million has been allocated for the Working Time Directive Strategic Change Fund for the financial years 2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06. This is in addition to £1.5 million allocated in 2002–03 to 19 pilot sites. For 2003–04, we have so far allocated a further £5.3 million to these pilot sites, in addition to the £12.6 million to strategic health authorities to support specific pieces of work on the Working Time Directive in their locality.