§ 26. Mr. Clapham
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the percentage change in the proportion of NHS budgets spent on administration since 1989. 
§ Mr. Horam
I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Bradford, South (Mr. Sutcliffe) on 3 December 1996, column635.
Changes over the years in the roles and responsibilities of family practitioner committees, family health services authorities, district health authorities, and regional health authorities, and the transfer of functions to national health service trusts, mean that the figures are not directly comparable. These figures also include expenditure on medical negligence, capital charges grants to voluntary bodies and some health care services, for example, health promotion.