§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of total funding for health and social care during the years 1993–94 and 1994–95 is to be spent on community care; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Stewart
[holding answer 15 March 1993]: Information in the form requested is not available. Information on planned expenditure by the NHS is not attributed to particular services but health boards contribute significantly to the provision of community care through their community health services, bridging finance, support finance and other means.
A large part of local authority social work departments' expenditure is devoted to community care. Precise figures are not available: expenditure in the current year is likely to be of the order of £350 million to £400 million. For 1993–94 and 1994–95 we are providing, additionally, £64 million and £113 million respectively under our community care reforms. This is made up of a transfer of funds from the Department of Social Security and additional funds to enable local authorities to develop services.