HC Deb 25 June 1998 vol 314 c581W
Mr. Maude

To ask the Secretary of State for Health by how much capital spending in the NHS increased(a) on average over the period 1978–79 to 1997–98 and (b) in 1998–99. [46435]

Mr. Milburn

The information requested is in the table.

Increases in National Health Service capital expenditure
Period Percentage net real terms growth
1978–79 to 1997–98 (average annual growth) -0.6
1998–991 4.9
1 Planned expenditure

Note: In addition, since 1 May 1997, 25 major hospital schemes, worth almost £2.2 billion have been given the go ahead under the Private Finance Initiative