§ 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 revenue180W 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.