HC Deb 13 January 1987 vol 108 cc179-80W
Mr. Latham

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will make a statement on the allocation of resources under the National Health Service to the Leicestershire district health authority.

Mr. Newton

Revenue expenditure in Leicestershire district health authority increased by 34 per cent. in real terms between 1978–79 and 1986–87, in part as a result of the continuing commitment to achieve a fairer distribution of National Health Service resources across the country. That process will continue. My right hon. Friend recently announced regional health authorities' resource allocations for 1987–88. I am pleased to confirm that the Trent regional health authority, of which Leicestershire is a part, will again receive a substantial increase in revenue resources, of 6.3 per cent. (over £55 million) in cash or 2.5 per cent. in real terms over 1986–87, bringing the total real terms increase since 1978–79 to 30 per cent. Allocation to districts are a matter for regional health authorities, but Leicestershire will undoubtedly benefit from the increased resources made available to Trent region.