§ Miss Widdecombe
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of the increases in fuel duty since 1997 on the fuel bill of ambulance services in England. 454W
§ Mr. Hutton
[holding answer 23 April 1999]: We estimate the costs of the increase in fuel duty since 1996 –97 to be about £3.73 million. This amounts to less than 0.075 per cent. of hospital and community health services spending over the two years since 1997.