HC Deb 01 May 1995 vol 259 c3W
Mrs. Beckett

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what are the departmental administration costs in each year since and including 1989–90; what is the planned expenditure on departmental administration increase in 1995–96 and 1996–97; and if she will make a statement on the planned increase in spending in 1996–97 over 1995–96; [21751]

(2) if she will make a statement on the planned change in Department of Health staff in 1996–97. [21742]

Mr. Sackville

Departmental administration costs from 1989–90 to 1994–95, and the planned expenditure for 1995–96 and 1996–97 are shown in the table. The figures for 1994–95 are an estimate. In the three years to 31 March 1997, the staff costs and numbers of the Department as it stood on 1 April 1994 are planned to decrease by 21 per cent. Separately, in 1996–97, staff numbers will increase as a result of the replacement, subject to legislation, of regional health authorities with regional offices of the National Health Service Executive, in respect of which there will be a transfer of £63 million from hospital, community health and related services current expenditure to departmental administration.

Year Costs(£000s)
1989–90 174,681
1990–91 216,785
1991–92 240,267
1992–93 276,280
1993–94 250,775
1994–95 260,264
1995–96 238,145
1996–97 291,222

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