§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his estimate of the rate of increase of costs in the National Health Service in 1987, 1988 and 1989.
§ Mr. Freeman
Costs in the National Health Service increased by an estimated 7.9 per cent. in 1987–88 and by 10.1 per cent. in 1988–89. An estimate of increased costs in 1989–90 will not be available until after the current financial year has ended.