§ Mrs. Beckett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 28 June,Official Report, column 684, what has been the average expenditure per trust on purchasing care from the private sector in each year since 1990–91. 
§ Mr. Sackville
The first national health service trusts were established in April 1991. The average expenditure per national health service trust on the purchase of healthcare from non-national health service providers is shown in the table.
Year Number of NHS trusts Average expenditure from non-NHS providers per NHS trust £000 1991–92 57 214 1992–93 156 291 1993–94 292 173