§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his estimate of the percentage change in the real budget for the National Health Service in(a) 1997–98 and (b) 1998–99. 
§ Mr. Milburn
The real growth in National Health Service total net spending is estimated to be 2.2 per cent. in 1997–98 and 2.3 per cent. in 1998–99.