HC Deb 14 June 1988 vol 135 cc164-5W
Mr. Galbraith

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the projected areas in the health care budget in England and Wales for 1988–89 and 1989–90 after catering for the gross domestic product deflator.

Mr. Newton

The information is as follows:

Gross expenditure—England
£ million (1988–89 prices)
1988–89 1989–90
Hospital and community health services—current 12,091 12,154
Family practitioner services—current 4,687 4,779
Centrally financed services—current 527 519
National Health Service—capital 1,046 1,038
TOTAL 18,351 18,490

These figures are based on table 14.1 of "The Government's Expenditure Plans 1988–89 to 1990–91" (Cm. 288-II). The figures for 1988–89 do not include the addition of £596 million announced by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 21 April to meet the cost of the review bodies' recommendations on doctors' and nurses' pay. The 1989–90 plans are subject to review in the forthcoming public expenditure survey.

Information in respect of Health Service expenditure in Wales is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

Mr. Galbraith

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the main areas of health spending in English regional health authorities.

Mr. Newton

The 1986–87 summarised accounts of regional and district health authorities in England together with those of the special health authorities for the London postgraduate teaching hospitals show in total main areas of expenditure as follows:

Current expenditure
Hospital services 8,255,383
Community health services 1,054,580
Other services1 572,464
Headquarters administration 434,739
Capital expenditure 936,291
Total expenditure 11,253,457
1 Includes ambulance, blood transfusion and mass radiography services, etc.

For analyses of this expenditure to regions and other more detailed England and regional information I refer the hon. Member to the Department's annual booklet "Health Authorities' Annual Accounts—National Summary (England)"—copies of which (for 1986–87 and earlier years) are held in the Library.

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