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Mr. Bradshaw: The market forces factor indices that are used to inform central payments to National Health Service Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts for activity provided at national tariff in 2007-08. Copies have been placed in the Library.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2007, Official Report, column 381W on NHS: finance, (1) whether the NHS is now expected to plan and manage its expenditure on a separate near-cash and non-cash basis; 
Mr. Bradshaw: Under the current financial regime, the national health service is not expected to manage its expenditure on a separate near-cash and non-cash basis. While HM Treasury require Departments to manage expenditure on a near-cash and non-cash basis, it is a matter for the Department to decide whether this requirement is extended to the NHS.
Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 890W, on NHS: loans, when his Department estimates that the £777,881,000 in loans issued to NHS trusts in the UK on 22 March 2007 will be paid back. 
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Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts propose to declare interest payments on the loans given on 22 March 2007 on their end of year balance sheets in future financial years. 
Mr. Bradshaw: National health service trusts declare interest payable on the loans issued on 22 March 2007 in their annual financial statements under the Interest Payable heading on the face of the Income and Expenditure Account, and provide a more detailed breakdown of this figure in the associated note to the financial statements.
Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts in receipt of loans issued on 22 March 2007 (a) included the loans on their end of year balance sheets for the financial year 2006-07 and (b) propose to include the loans on their end of year balance sheets for 2007-08. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Under national health service accounting policies, as set out in the NHS finance manual, NHS trusts are required to include the outstanding value of loan principal on their balance sheets from the time the loan is issued until such time as the principal is fully repaid.
Mr. Bradshaw: The total interest payable in 2007-08 on the £777.881 million of loans issued to national health service trusts on 22 March 2007 is £38.705 million. The interest payable each year is calculated on the outstanding value of loan principal, and therefore reduces in future years as loan principal is repaid.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contingency plans there are for national emergencies within the contract for supply chain logistics due to be managed by the Supply Chain Management Division of the NHS Business Service Authority; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: There are no special arrangements in the NHS supply chain contract for contingency plans in the event of a national emergency. However, if required the NHS supply chain, under the direction of the NHS Business Services authority, will re-prioritise demand to ensure that emergency deliveries can be made on request and that in these circumstances delivery is to be made to the national health service within four hours of an order being placed.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by (a) the NHS, (b) his Department and (c) Sutton Merton Primary Care Trust on the consultation on Better Healthcare Closer to Home. 
Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust (PCT)
East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey PCT
Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority (SHA)
South West London SHA.
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