§ Mr. Mellor
Gross revenue expenditure in the Northern regional health authority has increased from £277.4 million in 1978–79 to £726.4 million (provisional) in 1987–88, the latest year for which figures are available. This is an increase of 161.9 per cent. in cash and 27.6 per cent. in real terms. The region has received a further real terms increase this year and it is expected that the level of expenditure in 1988–89 will be over 30 per cent. above the level in 1978–79.