HC Deb 13 December 1988 vol 143 cc540-1W
13. Mr. Ian Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the transfer of resources under the resources allocation working party to the east and west Dorset area authorities; and what overall increases in total resources have been achieved since 1979.

Mr. Mellor

The resource allocation working party formula governs allocation to regional health authorities. In making allocations to district health authorities, regions are not expected strictly to follow RAWP principles. The Wessex regional health authority in 1988–89 allocated revenue resources of £81,326,000 to east Dorset and £40,188,000 to west Dorset. Since 1982, when they were established, east Dorset's allocation has increased by 15.4 per cent. in real terms. West Dorest, which is nearer to its regional target, has received a 4.1 per cent. increase.