§ Lady Olga Maitland
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the total allocation for 1996–97 of the service increment for teaching and research in England; and what proportion is allocated to the costs of general practice teaching in each medical school and university. 
§ Mr. Malone
I have been asked to reply.
In 1996–97, £458 million has been made available through the service increment for teaching in England to support the clinical teaching of medical and dental undergraduates in trusts and general practices. It is for regional offices to agree with each medical school dean an indicative budget and to agree what proportion of this will be used to support teaching in general practice.
Information is not yet available centrally on the proportion of medical SIFT which has been used to support clinical teaching in a general practice setting.