§ Mr. Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give in percentage terms the element of growth finance given to Tayside health board in each of the last 10 years.
§ Mr. John MacKay
In the years 1974–75 to 1977–78, resources were made available to health boards on the basis of the sums required to meet the cost of existing services and to fund approved new developments. Arrangements were introduced in 1978–79 — Scottish health auhority revenue equalisation formula—with a view to achieving a more equitable distribution of available resources among boards. Since then Tayside health board, which is the best funded board in Scotland in SHARE terms, has received annual increases in financial allocations intended to meet only expected increases in pay and prices.