§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the increase in spending on the National Health Service in Scotland in (a) funds and (b) the percentage terms for 1985–86 in comparison to 1984–85, giving figures for (i) Scotland and (ii) the Lothian Health Board, respectively.
§ Mr. John MacKay
The latest estimate of gross expenditure on the National Health Service in Scotland in 1984–85 is £1,901 million; the gross provision made for 1985–86 is £1,998 million, an increase of 5.1 per cent.
Estimated gross recurrent expenditure by health boards in 1984–85 is £1,282 million; the financial allocation to boards for recurrent expenditure 1985–86 is £1,353 million; an increase of 5.5 per cent.