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Foodborne Illness

Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of sickness resulting from the consumption of fresh meat emanating from British abattoirs were recorded in 1999. [126189]

Ms Stuart: Most cases of infectious intestinal disease are not part of recognised outbreaks (i.e. they are sporadic cases). It is very difficult to obtain scientific information implicating a specific food as the cause of infection for these sporadic cases and, as such, it is not possible to provide data on specific foods associated with sporadic infection.

However, meat and meat products are an important vehicle of foodborne illness. There was at least one large outbreak in 1999 which was attributable to meat from a British abattoir.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which health authorities have more in-patients waiting over one year than in May 1997. [128503]

Mr. Denham: The list compares March 1997 (the last data collection before May 1997) with March 2000.

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PFI Contracts

Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the PFI contracts entered into by his Department, indicating (a) their dates of commencement, (b) their value, (c) if they have been subject to refinancing and (d) if his Department has a clawback entitlement to share in savings arising from refinancing. [129050]

Mr. Denham: Information on refinancing in private finance initiative contracts is collected centrally for the major schemes (capital value £25 million or over) which have reached financial close. The position regarding these schemes is as follows:

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Name Date of commencement (financial close)Value (£ million)Have they been refinanced?Is there a re-financing clawback?
Dartford and GraveshamJuly 199794No(1)No
CarlisleNovember 199765No(1)No
South BuckinghamshireDecember 199745NoNo
Norfolk and NorwichJanuary 1998144No(1)No
North DurhamMarch 199861NoYes
GreenwichJuly 199893No(1)No
CalderdaleJuly 199865NoYes
South ManchesterDecember 199866NoYes
BromleyNovember 1998118No(1)No
Barnet and ChaseFebruary 199954NoNo
WorcesterMarch 199987NoYes
HerefordApril 199964NoYes
South DurhamMay 199941No(1)No
South TeesAugust 1998122No(1)No
Swindon and MarlboroughOctober 199996NoYes
King'sDecember 199964NoYes
Leeds CommunityMarch 200047NoYes
St. George'sMarch 200049NoYes

(1) There are no specific clawback arrangements, but the contract places a limit on the private sector's ability to refinance without the trust's approval.

(1) These are transactions financed by bond issues. The nature of these transactions means re-financing is extremely unlikely.

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Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what clawback mechanisms exist under private finance initiative contracts within his Department in respect of (a) refinancing and (b) other contingencies; and if he will place copies of each private finance initiative contract in the Library. [130211]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 13 July 2000]: I refer the hon. Member to my reply above to my right hon. Friend the Member for Swansea, West (Mr. Williams). This details the major National Health Service private finance initiative contracts with clawback arrangements regarding re-financing.

No other specific clawback arrangements are made except in the case of schemes with forward land sales. Where the land is sold in advance, there are clawback arrangements in the event of the land eventually being

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sold on at a higher price. Only the contracts at Dartford and Gravesham and Bromley have forward land sales and both have such protection.

Copies of the full business cases and detailed contract summaries for all PFI schemes with a capital value greater then £10 million are available in the Library.

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average cost to public funds of external advisers in the negotiation of private finance initiative projects for hospitals, expressed as a proportion of each contract's value. [130260]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 13 July 2000]: Information on the total amounts spent on advisers' costs is collected centrally for major private finance initiative schemes (capital value of £25 million or above) which have reached financial close. The data are set out in the table.

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NHS TrustLegalFinancialOtherTotalAs percentage of capital cost(1)
Norfolk and Norwich1,559,0001,938,000932,0004,429,0003.0
South Manchester1,224,000888,0001,051,0003,163,0004.8
Dartford and Gravesham1,215,000960,000180,0002,355,0002.5
South Buckinghamshire1,653,000780,000169,0002,602,0005.8
North Durham375,000438,000888,0001,701,0002.8
South Tees1,706,639938,407310,0002,955,0462.4
South Durham (Bishop Auckland)1,088,0001,087,000247,0002,422,0005.9
Swindon and Marlbrorough1,135,000680,0001,730,0003,545,0003.7
St. George's637,897181,904361,8971,181,6982.4
Leeds Community685,000308,000514,0001,507,0003.2

(1) Capital cost defined as: total capital cost to the private sector consortium which includes cost of land, construction, equipment and professional fees but excludes Value Added Tax, rolled up interest and financing costs such as bank arrangement fees, bank due diligence fees, banks lawyers fees and third party equity costs.

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All PFI schemes, including the 'second wave' and 'third wave' of major prioritised schemes, are now using the new PFI guidance and standard form contract introduced under this Government, the aim of which is to reduce procurement time and transaction costs. Further standardisation of documentation on payment mechanisms and output specifications will be published shortly, which will further reduce transaction costs.

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