To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) how many funding applications were made by GPs for new premises in 2013; and how many of such applications have been approved by NHS England;
(2) how many applications for new GP premises of which an increase in rent formed a part NHS England approved in 2013.
NHS England has advised that information about the number of funding applications, the number of applications which have been approved and the number of applications which include a rent increase is not held centrally.
However, NHS England has been collating all applications transferred from predecessor primary care trusts concerning funding for general practitioner (GP) practice premises, after which prioritisation decisions will be made for each of the application categories in the system.
NHS England is working with clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards and other partners to develop a new strategy for premises and to support timely decisions on GP premises funding.