HC Deb 08 March 1983 vol 38 cc380-1W
Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will give a breakdown of the total expenditure on ancillary services in the National Health Service, itemised according to salaries, pension costs, national insurance and food and other materials;

(2) what proportion of the cost of the National Health Service was spent on medical and nursing services and on ancillary services, respectively, in each of 1980, 1981 and 1982; and of the expenditure on ancillary services, what proportion was spent on catering, cleaning, portering, laundry, grounds maintenance and administration, respectively.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

The following table provides an analysis of NHS expenditure (England) by function. I am sending my hon. Friend separately a more detailed analysis.

1979–80 1980–81 1981–82
£ million Per cent. £ million Per cent. £ million Per cent.
(i) Headquarters Administration 268 5.0 332 4.8 342 4.5
(ii) Other Services and Expenses 18 0.3 26 0.4 44 0.6
Total 286 5.3 358 5.2 386 5.1
TOTAL REVENUE EXPENDITURE 5,333 100.0 6,885 100.0 7,630 100.0


The figures are derived from the annual accounts submitted by health authorities. They include all current expenditure except that on the family practitioner services and the expenses of the dental estimates board and prescription pricing authority. Capital expenditure has been excluded.

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