§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he has taken to ensure that reductions in financial allocations to the regional health authorities covering the London area have not been carried by health districts where facilities are already below levels of their respective region.
§ Mr. Moyle
It would be impossible to achieve the fairer distribution of resources to the health service in England without restricting allocations to those parts of the country which have been relatively well provided in the past. Decisions on allocations within regions are a matter for the judgment of the regional and area health authorities in the light of all relevant information available to them.
§ Mr. Goodlad
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he has considered the recommendations of the Resource Allocation Working Party in connection with the Merseyside Health Region's financial allocations for 1977–78; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ennals
I refer the hon. Member to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Gravesend (Mr. Ovenden) on 11th October.