§ Mr. Lidington
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list in rank order the allocations per head of population to each health authority in England in each year for(a) 1996–97, (b) 1997–98, (c) 1998–99 and (d) 1999–2000. 
§ Mr. Denham
[holding answer 6 March 2000]The information requested has been placed in the Library.
Allocations for 1999–2000 are not comparable with those for 1996–97 to 1998–99 which cover hospital and community health services (HCHS) only. 1999–2000 was the first year of unified allocations which cover HCHS, prescribing and discretionary general medical services.
1999–2000 allocations include increases for targeted funding for health authorities with health action zones.