§ Mr. Swayne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the annual running costs of(a) the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and (b) the Commission for Health Improvement. 
§ Mr. Denham
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence's total budget is £9.8 million. NICE will determine its own running costs. However, we expect them to maintain their running costs at a reasonable level to ensure that as much funding as possible is made available for its work programme.
The Explanatory Notes for the Health Act 1999 cited the estimated annual running costs for the Commission for Health Improvement for 2000–01 at around £7 million.