HC Deb 06 March 1958 vol 583 c159W
Dr. D. Johnson

asked the Minister of Health the estimated cost of the nationalised hospital service prior to the introduction of the National Health Service Act, 1946; what was its cost in the first complete year of the working of the Act; and the cost in the latest available year.

Mr. Walker-Smith

Complete information about the revenue expenditure on hospitals in England and Wales before the introduction of the National Health Service is not available; an approximate estimate, based on such information as is available, of the cost shortly before 1948 is that it may have been of the order of £110–£120 million per annum. Capital expenditure is not known but, as it was affected by post-war restrictions, it was not large.

The actual expenditure in the years 1949–50 and 1956–57 was:—

Revenue Capital
£m. £m.
1949–50 189.3 8.7
1956–57 320.2 14.2