Select Committee on Public Accounts Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 200-201)


16 OCTOBER 2006

  Q200  Chairman: The last thing is a very important point. Remember our conversation on the current financial year, 2006-07. You gave various guarantees about 2006-07. Are you guaranteeing to us that a smaller proportion of bodies would be in deficit?

  Mr Nicholson: I do not think I can guarantee anything to you, but our plan and expectation, as I sit here, is that there will be a smaller number of organisations in deficit this year than last year.

  Chairman: And the bodies still showing a deficit will be showing a smaller deficit than in 2005-06.

  Mr Nicholson: Similar, again.

  Q201  Chairman: And overall the NHS will be in surplus.

  Mr Nicholson: In balance, this year. In surplus, next year.

  Chairman: So not a guarantee but an expectation.

  Mr Nicholson: An expectation.

  Chairman: Thank you. That concludes our hearing.

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