Under pressure from MPs at the parliamentary select committee on health last week, Stephen Dorrell blamed disappointing figures on 'teething problems, such as getting contract terms agreed'.
Ministers looked to PFI cash to make up for 17% capital spending cuts by the government this year.
But Mr Dorrell was forced to admit that the £77m committed by the private sector was at least £70m
short of Treasury predictions. He blamed the figures on the failure of several projects to come in on time
but refused to give the committee a list of delayed contracts.
basis. The government remains committed to the projects. It was inevitable it would take a long time.It is just like buying a new house.