To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) when he expects the Specialised Commissioning Innovation Fund to begin operation;
(2) what budget he has allocated for the Specialised Commissioning Innovation Fund;
(3) with reference to his Department's publication, Innovation, Health and Wealth, what progress he has made in the development of a National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence implementation collaborative;
(4) what progress he has made on the development of a tariff for diagnostic services.
Work is under way with a wide range of stakeholders to co-produce the diagnostics tariff, how the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Implementation Collaborative will operate and the detailed operating arrangements, including the budget, for the Specialised Services Commissioning Innovation Fund. The Specialised Services Commissioning Innovation Fund will be piloted in 2012-13, becoming fully operational from April 2013.