§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the overspend or underspend position of each trust and each health authority as at 30 September 1996; and what appraisal he has made of the overall position relative to the budget figures. 
§ Mr. Hague
NHS trusts are required to break even taking one year with another. This can be monitored only through accruals accounting reported in the trusts' income and expenditure statement. The Welsh Office receives regular monitoring returns from trusts and the position for the period ending 30 September is set out in table 1.751W
The total position reveals a reported surplus of £1.7 million, which is a significant improvement on the first quarter performance. Trusts that are reporting a deficit have been advised to take appropriate steps to rectify the situation.
Health authorities are required to ensure that spending is contained within notified cash limits for the financial year. Table 2 illustrates the health authority reported spend at the end of September against the latest notified revenue cash limit. No health authority is expected to exceed its finally notified cash limit at the end of the financial year.
Table 1: NHS Trusts Wales—year to date as at 30 September 1996 income and expenditure—net surplus/(deficit) Trust £000 Bridgend (241) Cardiff Community 175 Carmarthen (414) Ceredigion (148) Clwydian 112 Derwen 154 East Glamorgan 122 Glan y Mor 175 Glan Clwyd 43 Glan Hafren (175) Gwent Community 24 Gwynedd Community 1,009 Gwynedd Hospitals 1,137 Llandough (1) Llanelli 18 Mid Glamorgan Ambulance 52 Morriston (1,608) Nevill Hall 132 North Glamorgan 21 North Wales Ambulance 140 Pembroke 129 Powys (25) Rhondda (71) Swansea 7 SEWAT (197) UHW Dental 135 UHW 923 Velindre 330 West Wales Ambulance 21 Wrexham (191) Total 1,788
Table 2 £000 Health authority Latest notified cash limit Reported spend at end September North Wales 373,847 186,979 Dyfed Powys 294,847 143,514 Morgannwg 299,945 147,733 Bro Taf 436,830 222,769 Gwent 304,698 150,902