HC Deb 15 December 1986 vol 107 cc409-10W
Mr. Forth

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether the additional resources allocated to the National Health Service in the statement will be distributed to the regions in accordance with the resource allocation working party equalisation principles.

Mr. Newton

The Government remain committed to the principle of improving equity of access to services, and will continue to determine regions' main revenue and capital allocations in accordance with this principle. This will, as ever, involve judgments about the appropriate pace of change.

There will be separate arrangements for allocating the two new special funds: £50 million over two years for projects to tackle waiting lists and times, and £30 million over two years to help tackle transitional problems in regions receiving less than national average growth.

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