§ Mrs. Beckett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the average expenditure per fundholding practice on purchasing care from the private sector in each year since 1990–91. 
§ Mr. Malone
The first wave of fundholders took responsibility for their own budgets on 1 April 1991. The average expenditure per fundholding practice on purchasing care from non-national health service providers is shown in the table.
Number of fundholding practices Expenditure on health-care from non-NHS providers per GP fundholding practice £000s 1991–92 306 12 1992–93 587 22 1993–94 1,235 24
The figures for 1993–94 are provisional: the summarised accounts for 1993–94 are subject to audit by the National Audit Office.