HC Deb 02 March 1994 vol 238 cc764-5W
Mr. Hardy

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total expenditure on press and public relations and on publications for issue to the public by(a) her Department, (b) health authorities and (c) NHS trusts, in 1992–93; what were the figures for (a) and (b) in 1982–83; and what is her estimate of changes in this expenditure in the current year.

Mr. Sackville

The information available centrally is for 1992–93 and relates to the Department of Health and health authorities only. Estimates of changes in expenditure for 1993–94 are not available. Information for 1992–93 is as follows:

Functions which are commonly associated with press and public relations are carried out by the Department's Information Division
£ million
Manpower and running costs 1.749
Publications for issue to the public 4.622
Provisional health authority expenditure on public relations functions taken from the annual financial returns of regional health authorities, district health authorities is 5.350