HC Deb 23 October 1961 vol 646 c541
16. Mr. Pavitt

asked the Minister of Health what was the average amount per person spent within the National Health Service on health in Great Britain for the last three years to a convenient date.

Mr. Powell

Including local health services and central administration, the figures to the nearest shilling are £15 13s. in the financial year 1958–59, £16 15s. in 1959–60 and £18 10s. in 1960–61.

Mr. Pavitt

Is the Minister aware that that figure of £18 compares with a figure of £56 per head in the United States of America, and that if we wish to have parity with the United States we shall need to spend another £325 million a year on the National Health Service? In view of the fact that in the year we lost 282½ million days in production because of ill-health, will the Minister not consider spending more on the National Health Service, especially on things other than the hospital service, to that end?

Mr. Powell

I do not think that international comparisons of this sort are much of an indication of the amount of service which is being given per head in the respective countries.