§ 35. Mr. Marlow
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of gross national product is currently devoted to the National Health Service; and how this compares with 1979.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
In 1979 total expenditure on the National Health Service represented 4.8 per cent. of the gross national product at market prices. It is provisionally estimated that the corresponding figure for 1982 will be 5.5 per cent.
§ Mr. Fowler
I am still considering with colleagues the exploratory material provided by the interdepartmental working party.