§ Mr. David Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he intends to monitor the distribution of regional health authorities' funds to district authorities; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Newton
The Department monitors regions' distribution of resources to district health authorities through regions' long-term strategic plans and annual short-term programmes. As one of the central issues in these plans and programmes, resource distribution may also be discussed in regions' annual accountability reviews with Ministers and the National Health Service management board.