Examination of Witnesses (Questions 140-144)
THE RT HON ALAN MILBURN, MP, MR ANDY MCKEON, MR RICHARD DOUGLAS AND MR ANDREW FOSTER
WEDNESDAY 12 JUNE 2002
140. May I ask that you look at this and perhaps give a reply which is copied to all members. I am sorry we have had to rush through this. There are questions which we shall perhaps write to you about, if that is possible.
(Mr Milburn) Yes.
141. May I briefly abuse my position and ask Mr Foster a question. I asked a Parliamentary Question recently on the issue of restructuring the National Health Service, about redundancy costs where we have long-standing chief executives, for example, over 50 who are not appointed to new bodies, the costs to the NHS. I am told that figure is not available in terms of a Parliamentary Answer. I happen to know that the figure is quite substantial and I think it is important that the public are aware of what that figure is. Why is it that I cannot find out that information?
(Mr Milburn) To be fair maybe that is more a question for me.
142. If you wish to answer, I am happy.
(Mr Milburn) But the answer is that I do not know.
143. I am happy for you to look at it and come back to us.
(Mr Milburn) Yes, I am happy to look at it.
144. On the same subject, I have asked exactly the same question and I too know some of the answers to the question but the answer comes back that the figures are not available.
(Mr Milburn) Let me have a look at it. If we are saying we do not have the information, then we do not have the information. If we do have the information, then we have it and we shall pass it on.
Chairman: Secretary of State, may I thank you and thank you colleagues for a very useful session. We are most grateful to you. Thank you very much.