§ Mr. Spring
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the(a) remit and (b) activities of strategic health authorities. 
§ Mr. Hutton
Strategic health authorities (SHAs) are the local headquarters of the national health service.
The main functions of SHAs are:Creating a strategic framework to deliver the NHS Plan in their areas.Managing the performance of NHS organisations in their areas.Building capacity and supporting performance improvement across all local health agencies.