§ Mrs. Knight
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of total National Health Service expenditure was on administration costs in 1978–79 and in the latest year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
Expenditure on headquarters administration at district, area and regional levels accounted for 4.15 per cent. of total NHS expenditure in 1978–79 and 3.71 per cent. in 1981–82.
These figures were derived from the annual accounts submitted to the Department by health authorities in England for the respective years.
The wholly administrative expenses of the dental estimates board and prescription pricing authority are also included, but general administrative expenditure at operational levels is excluded.