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Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether she expects West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust to have a financial deficit at the end of 2006-07; and whether the calculations will include pre-existing debt; 
Andy Burnham: At the end of quarter two 2006-07, West Hertfordshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust is forecasting a financial year-end deficit of £11.5 million. This does not include the cumulative deficit of £41.2 million the trust reported at the end of 2005-06.
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Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much private finance initiative funding West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has received since 1997; and if she will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: West Hertfordshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust has not had any private finance initiative funding. I understand, however, that the trust is still working to centralise acute services at its Watford hospital site and continues to support plans to develop the new Watford health campus.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received from West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS trust on (a) financial and (b) organisational assistance with their budget deficits. 
Andy Burnham: The Secretary of State has not had representations made to her or her Ministers by West Hertfordshire Hospital National Health Service Trust. Departmental officials met with representatives of the trust, on 31 July this year to discuss the trusts financial position. The trust has a turnaround director and agreed turnaround plan in place.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what currency the NHS uses to purchase Zimbabwean beef; who the NHS purchasers are of such beef; and what volume of beef was bought by each purchaser in the last period for which figures are available.