HC Deb 18 December 1952 vol 509 c229W
54. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Minister of Health to give an estimate of the total amount expended on health services in the years 1939 and 1951, respectively, at 1939 prices and 1951 prices.

Mr. Iain Macleod

I regret that there are not figures of health service expenditure for the year 1939 comparable with those now available. For the year 1950–51, the expenditure covered by the National Health ServiceVote was approximately £398,279,000 gross (including £15,621,000 representing 50 per cent. of the expenditure of local health authorities) and £336,560,000 net. At 1939 prices these figures would perhaps be about halved.