HC Deb 01 November 1988 vol 139 cc587-8W
43. Mr. Amos

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the level of funding available to the Northern regional health authority.

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.