§ Miss Wright
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he proposes to take to ensure that regional and area health authorities shall redistribute their resources amongst health authorities so that the effects of both cuts and inflation bear less hardly on those areas and regions already disadvantaged.
§ Dr. Vaughan
Regional and area allocations for 1979–80 were fixed early in the financial year. It is for each health authority to absorb the effects of inflation on its allocation although there may be scope within a region for an authority or authorities to assist harder hit areas. The Government have not cut allocations and have no plans to do so.