§ Mr. Burden
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration she has given to allowing children's hospices to become eligible for hospice funding in the coming financial year; and whether she will seek to include children's hospices in the list of eligible organisations in future guidance on hospice funding to be issued to regional health authorities.
§ Mr. Yeo
The central funds allocated for voluntary hospices to health authorities will be delegated from 1994–95 in order that they may contract for services for both adults and children with life-threatening illness. Meanwhile the recently issued guidance—executive letter EL(93)14—copies of which are available in the Library, on central funding in 1993–94 does not include any age restriction on the use to which the funds may be put.