HC Deb 22 February 1999 vol 326 cc132-3W
Mr. Berry

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what amounts in his Department's budget for 1998–99 can be attributed to spending on disabled people; and what proportion this represents of total departmental spending. [71290]

Mr. Hutton

The money allocated by the Department each year to health authorities is not differentiated according to the patient groups for whom services are to be provided. At the local level, most service agreements between health authorities and National Health Service trusts and other provider bodies for hospital and community health services relate to general service areas or to specific medical and surgical specialties, which will cover disabled people like others. The same is true of expenditure on family health services.