§ Sandra Gidley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list, by regional health authority, the compensation payments paid to members of the general public in response to claims of negligence upheld against the authority in(a)1996–97, (b)1997–98, (c)1998–99, (d)1999–2000 and (e)2000–01. 
§ Ms Blears
Regional health authorities were abolished in 1996 by the Health Authorities Act 1995. It is not therefore possible to break down figures relating to clinical negligence by regional health authority.
Overall figures for expenditure on clinical negligence are available for the following years, as follows:
£ million 1996–97 235 1997–98 144 1998–99 221 1999–2000 373
The figure for the year 2000–2001 is not yet available.
The figures are taken from the National Audit Summarised Accounts for health authorities, NHS trusts and NHS Litigation Authority. Changes to accounting policies mean that these amounts are not directly comparable.
These figures represent all expenditure for clinical negligence which will include compensation payments and legal expenses. Figures relating specifically to compensation payments for successful clinical negligence claims against NHS bodies are not available.