HC Deb 18 February 1997 vol 290 c539W
26. Mr. Jim Marshall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the cost of the internal market in the NHS. [14754]

Mr. Horam

The national health service internal market has greatly increased the responsiveness of the NHS, fostering innovation, responsiveness and efficiency. The introduction of the NHS internal market has consequently yielded a substantial net benefit both to patients and to taxpayers.