§ 23. Mr. St. Aubyn
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the cost of administering the Modernisation Fund. 
§ Mr. Denham
The NHS Modernisation Fund has been earmarked for modernisation and developing the NHS. The purpose of the Fund is to ensure that additional resources are properly targeted to the places that need it most and can use it most effectively.
The Government have promised, in the NHS Plan, that by 2004 the proportion the NHS spends on management costs will be reduced and a higher share of every pound will go into front line patient care.