§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what will be the cost to health authorities in 1991–92 of the increase in the rate of VAT to 17.5 per cent.
§ Mr. Dorrell
Health authorities have been asked to provide information to enable us to estimate additional costs following the increase in the standard rate of VAT. Adjustments will be made to health authority provision to reflect these costs.