HC Deb 19 November 1987 vol 122 cc647-8W
Mr. Rooker

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services, pursuant to his reply of 4 November,Official Report, column 785–6, regarding Birmingham health authorities, if the figure given in column five of the table takes full account of inflation and technical and demographic changes; and how it compares with the real terms percentage change for the three years 1982–83 to 1985–86 for (a) the west midlands and (b) England.

Mrs. Currie

As explained in my earlier replies to the hon. Member, allocations made to the five Birmingham district health authorities are the responsibility of the West Midlands regional health authority. Information about the precise basis of those allocations is not available centrally. The hon. Member may wish to pursue my earlier suggestion and write to the chairman of the regional health authority for this information.

The real terms percentage change in gross revenue expenditure between 1982–83 and 1985–86, as measured by the gross domestic product deflator, for the West Midlands regional health authority and for England is 3.9 per cent. which compares with 1.9 per cent. for England as a whole (ie regional health authorities and special health authorities).