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Rothbury Cottage Hospital

Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects work to start on the new Rothbury cottage hospital; and if he will make a statement. [105380]

Jacqui Smith: Northumbria Healthcare National Health Service Trust will be meeting the Duke of Northumberland's agent on 3 April 2003 to try and resolve outstanding land issues over the Pipers Field site. Providing agreement can be reached, work would commence on building the hospital in late 2003 and completed by early summer 2004.