NHS: Property

Health written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he plans to ensure the smooth transfer of ownership of NHS properties previously owned by primary care trusts on 31 March 2013; what transfer measures he has put in place; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

On 8 June, the Department published guidance for primary care trusts (PCTs) on planning for property transfers. The guidance sets out the actions, and timing, required from PCTs in preparing for the transfer of property to successor bodies on 31 March 2013.

The key steps for PCTs in the run up to transition are to:

identify all property and legal charges that will need to be transferred and recorded in Property Transfer Schemes; identify all other assets, rights and liabilities that will need to be transferred and recorded in Property Transfer Schemes. This will include identifying not only assets held such as equipment and IT but also identifying, options, overages, grant agreements, development agreements, warranties and guarantees given; provide any other information that is essential to the transfer of ownership of estate to facilitate operation and management without causing disruption to services provided; and to transfer estate without disruption to services provided.

This guidance is available on the Department's website at:


Copies of the guidance have also been placed in the Library.

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