The NHS has built 87 major hospitals between 1980 and 1999, with the most productive years being 1988 and 1991, when nine hospitals with a capital value of over £25m (at today's prices) went up in each year. Not included in the figures were the 38 major hospitals that have been given the go-ahead under the Labour government, of which one (Carlisle) has opened.

(Hansard , 7 July, col 333w)