§ Sir Sydney Chapman
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total expenditure on all national health services in the borough of Barnet in each of the last five years. 
§ Mr. Denham
[holding answer 29 November 1999]: The information is not available in the format requested. Information on expenditure on National Health Service services is not collected by borough.
Expenditure figures for Barnet Health Authority for 1996–97 to 1998–99 are available as follows. Before 1996–97 funding was allocated to Family Health Services Authorities and HA' s separately. Comparable figures are not available. The figure for 1996–97 includes drugs expenditure. Since 1997–98 the majority of drugs expenditure has been accounted for by the Prescription Pricing Authority and cannot be identified by HA. For consistency, the figures have been adjusted to reflect this.
£000 Year HA total expenditure1, 2 HA expenditure (adjusted)3 1996–97 210,456 193,573 1997–98 209,238 208,437 1998–99 (provisional) 209,462 208,671 1 Figures are taken from HA annual accounts which are prepared on a resource basis and therefore differ from cash allocations in each year. Comparisons between years may be distorted by expenditure carried over from the previous year. 2 These are not the total amounts spent on health care. General dental services expenditure is separately accounted for and cannot be analysed by HA over the three years. 3 Figures have been reduced by the amount of non-cash limited prescribing expenditure accounted for by the HA in each year.