§ 18. Mr. Knox
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his latest estimate of the percentage of the gross domestic product which was spent on the National Health Service in 1987.
§ Mr. Newton
No estimate for 1987 is yet possible. The latest published estimates for 1986 is that gross expenditure on the National Health Service in the United Kingdom accounted for 5.5 per cent. of the gross domestic product, compared with 4.8 per cent. in 1979.