HC Deb 16 March 1995 vol 256 cc704-5W
Sir John Gorst

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis the present capitation formula for Edgware is calculated; and what evidence she has on whether the census figures for 1991 still represent the true picture in the case of the London borough of Barnet.

Mr. Sackville

For 1995–96, the modified national weighted capitation formula has been used to set targets for regional health authorities. It is for North Thames RHA to determine both its own sub-regional formula and how much funding is to be made available to its district health authorities. The hon. Member may wish to contact Sir William Staveley, the chairman of North Thames regional health authority.

The population base used for revenue resource allocation is the mid-year sub-national population projections, that is mid-1995 for 1995–96. These are currently based on the 1991 census, however, they do take account of assumed rates of births, deaths and migration since 1991.