HC Deb 20 May 1994 vol 243 cc592-3W
Ms Harman

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 12 May,Official Report, columns 232–34, what were the principal causes of the difference between the figure for expenditure by the Department of Health of £29,950 million in 1993–94 and the equivalent figure of £30,090 million published in table 5B.3 of the "Financial Statement and Budget Report" 1994–95; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Sackville

The main differences are an addition of £111 million, net, provided to meet a forecast increase in demand on the family health services and for hospital and community health services expenditure an underspend of £257 million. Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimates, the underspends of health authorities are eligible for carry forward into 1994–95.

Final outturn figures will be published in the appropriation accounts in the autumn.