§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the percentage change in National Health Service expenditure for the years 1987–88, 1988–89 and 1989–90 after correcting for(a) National Health Service pay and prices and (b) demographic factors; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Newton
The Department does not make forward projections for National Health Service specific pay and price changes. Demographic pressures can be calculated for hospital and community health services but cannot be meaningfully applied to the National Health Service as a whole.