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Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department ensured (a) that all NHS trusts set a target of at least three per cent in 200001 for procurement savings and (b) that delivery of these savings was monitored. 
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the transfer of a liability to a PCT from a health authority or trust has an impact on the level of resources available to that PCT for spending on patient care; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much money by way of liabilities each PCT (a) has taken responsibility for and (b) is expected to take responsibility for; and from whom the responsibility is transferred; 
Mr. Hutton: The transfer of liabilities from health authorities and National Health Service trusts to primary care trusts in 20002001 is shown in the table. Information on liabilities transferring for the 200102 financial year will not be available until the autumn.
|Receiving primary care trust
|Cornwall & Isles of Scilly HA
|Poole Central and North
|East Lancashire HA
|Blackburn with Darwen
|North Staffordshire HA
|Daventry and South Northamptonshire
|South Essex HA
|Southend on Sea
|South Humber HA
|North East Lincolnshire
|Southampton and South West Hampshire HA
|Southampton East Healthcare
|Southern Derbyshire HA
|West Kent HA
|Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley
|North Nottinghamshire HA
|Newark and Sherwood
|Merton, Sutton & Wandsworth HA
|Nelson and West Merton
|Milton Keynes Community
Health authority audited summarisation forms 200001
PCT audited summarisation schedules 200001
The table shows only liabilities of over £150,000.
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Mr. Hutton: Information relating to National Health Service trust deficits for the financial years 19967 to 200001 has been placed in the Library. Changes (in line with best accounting practice) in the accounting and financial reporting arrangements for NHS trusts mean that the figures provided for 199697 are not directly comparable with 199798 or thereafter.
We are in discussions with NHS trusts, health authorities and primary care trusts about managing their end-of-year positions. The information requested for the current year will be available when the annual audited accounts are completed and published.
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Mr. Hutton: The information requested for National Health Service trusts has been placed in the Library. A change in the format of the annual accounts from 200001 means health authorities are no longer required to account on an income and expenditure basis.
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 25 March 2002]: The Oxfordshire health economy recognises the importance of the cancer targets in 200203 and will invest extra resources this year to support their achievement of targets in this area. In support of this, the Four Counties Cancer Network is working to improve cancer services to deliver better quality services to patients.