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SCHEDULES

Section 27

SCHEDULE 5Financial provision about NHS trusts established under section 25

Originating capital of NHS trusts

1(1)Each NHS trust has an originating capital of an amount specified in an order made by the Secretary of State.

(2)The originating capital of an NHS trust is an amount representing the excess of the valuation of its assets over the amounts of its liabilities.

(3)In determining the originating capital of an NHS trust, there must be left out of account such assets or liabilities as are, or are of a class, determined for the purposes of this paragraph by the Secretary of State with the consent of the Treasury.

(4)An NHS trust’s originating capital is deemed to have been issued out of moneys provided by Parliament and is an asset of the Consolidated Fund.

(5)An NHS trust’s originating capital is public dividend capital.

(6)With the consent of the Treasury, the Secretary of State may determine—

(a)the dividend which is payable at any time on any public dividend capital issued, or treated as issued, to an NHS trust under this Act,

(b)the amount of any such public dividend capital which must be repaid at any time,

(c)any other terms on which any public dividend capital is so issued, or treated as issued.

(7)An order under sub-paragraph (1) may be made only with the consent of the Treasury.

(8)In this paragraph—

Financial obligations of NHS trusts

2(1)Each NHS trust must ensure that its revenue is not less than sufficient, taking one financial year with another, to meet outgoings properly chargeable to revenue account.

(2)Each NHS trust must achieve such financial objectives as may from time to time be set by the Secretary of State with the consent of the Treasury and as are applicable to it.

(3)Any such objectives may be made applicable to NHS trusts generally, or to a particular NHS trust or to NHS trusts of a particular description.

Borrowing

3(1)For the purpose of its functions an NHS trust may borrow (both temporarily, by way of overdraft, and longer term) from the Secretary of State or from any other person.

(2)Sub-paragraph (1) is subject to any direction given by the Secretary of State under section 8, to the provisions of this paragraph and to any limit imposed under this Schedule.

(3)An NHS trust may not mortgage or charge any of its assets or in any other way use any of its assets as security for a loan.

(4)The Secretary of State must determine the terms of any loan made by him to an NHS trust (including terms as to the payment of interest, if any).

Guarantees of borrowing

4(1)The Secretary of State may guarantee, in such manner and on such conditions as, with the approval of the Treasury, he considers appropriate, the repayments of the principal of, and the payment of interest on, any sums which an NHS trust borrows from a person other than the Secretary of State.

(2)Immediately after a guarantee is given under this paragraph, the Secretary of State must lay a statement of the guarantee before each House of Parliament.

(3)Where any sum is issued for fulfilling a guarantee so given, the Secretary of State must lay before each House of Parliament a statement relating to that sum as soon as possible after the end of each financial year beginning with that in which the sum is issued and ending with that in which all liability in respect of the principal of the sum and in respect of interest on it is finally discharged.

(4)If any sums are issued in fulfilment of a guarantee given under this paragraph, the NHS trust concerned must make to the Secretary of State, at such times and in such manner as the Secretary of State may from time to time direct—

(a)payments of such amounts as the Secretary of State with the consent of the Treasury so directs in or towards repayment of the sums so issued, and

(b)payments of interest, at such rates as the Secretary of State with the consent of the Treasury so directs, on what is outstanding for the time being in respect of sums so issued.

Limits on indebtedness

5The aggregate of all sums borrowed by NHS trusts which are required to provide or manage services at or from hospitals or other establishments or facilities which are situated in England must not exceed £5,000 million or such other sum not exceeding £10,000 million as may be specified by order made by the Secretary of State with the consent of the Treasury.

Additional public dividend capital

6The Secretary of State may, with the consent of the Treasury, instead of making a loan to an NHS trust under paragraph 3, pay an amount to the NHS trust as public dividend capital.

Supplementary payments

7(1)The Secretary of State may make a payment to an NHS trust.

(2)The payment may be subject to such conditions as he considers appropriate, including conditions as to repayment.

Surplus funds

8If it appears to the Secretary of State that any sum held by an NHS trust otherwise than as trustee is surplus to its foreseeable requirements, the trust must, if the Secretary of State with the approval of the Treasury and after consultation with the trust so directs, pay that sum into the Consolidated Fund.

Investment

9(1)An NHS trust has power to invest money held by it in any investments, including investments which do not produce income, specified in directions under section 8.

(2)Sub-paragraph (1) does not apply in relation to money held by an NHS trust as trustee.

10Any direction under section 8 with respect to—

(a)the power conferred on an NHS trust by paragraph 3, or

(b)the maximum amount which an NHS trust may invest in any investments or class of investments,

may be given only with the consent of the Treasury.