§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list by region and for each of the last five years the amount spent by each health authority on home care(a) in total and (b) as a percentage of special transitional grants; 
(2) if he will list by region and for each of the last five years the amounts spent by each health authority on care services bought from the independent sector (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of special transitional grants. 
§ Mr. Hutton
[holding answer 15 March 1999]: Total special transitional grant funding to local authorities in England for 1993–94 to 1997–98 was:
Year £ million 1993–94 565 1994–95 736 1995–96 647 1996–97 418 1997–98 325
Health Service Hospital and Community Health Service nursing and medical staff working in the psychiatry area of work by ethnic origin.
Over the same period, the reported gross local authority expenditure on (a) personal social services and (b) on home care was:
£ million Year (a) Personal social services (b) Home care 1993–94 6,728 729 1994–95 7,503 923 1995–96 8,393 1,028 1996–97 9,263 1,130
These data are not yet available for 1997–98.
Figures for individual local authorities have been placed in the Library.
Data on the proportion of personal social services expenditure spent in the independent sector are not held centrally.