§ Mr. Harvey
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide the analysis of general medical service non-cash limited expenditure for locum allowance in England 1999–2000. 
§ Mr. Denham
The general medical services non-cash limited expenditure for directly reimbursed locum allowances for 1999–2000 for England is shown in the table.
For 2001–02 we have accepted the Doctors and Dentists Review Body's recommendation, which means the maximum weekly directly reimbursed locum allowance should increase by 67 per cent.
General medical services non-discretionary expenditure for locum costs for 1999–2000 £ Locum allowance England total Single handed rural Gps attending training courses 831,539 Sickness 4,057,199 Confinement 2,737,848 Prolonged study leave (including educational allowance) 1,845,548
The data provided in this table are provisional tin-audited accounts data for 1999–2000