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Whittington Hospital

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest information is that he has concerning the completion of the Jarvis private finance initiative contract at the Whittington hospital; and if he will make a statement. [210768]

Mr. Hutton: Under the principles of the private finance initiative, there are strong incentives for the private sector to complete the project. The Department is aware that discussions are ongoing between the trust and the private sector consortium about bringing the project to completion.