HC Deb 10 April 2002 vol 383 c454W
Mr. Dismore

To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what extent ring-fenced money allocated to specific services in Barnet(a)was used in 2001–02 and (b)is proposed to be used in 2002–03 for reducing deficits and for other purposes outside the ring-fence; what the original ring-fencing was proposed for in each case; and if he will make a statement. [46878]

Mr. Hutton

The main unified allocation for 2001–02 made to health authorities did not include ring-fenced allocations for specific services.

In 2001–02, some funds were hypothecated at a national level only.

In 2002–03, there is limited earmarking of funds within allocations. This is to allow HAs to be able to manage flexibly the resources available to them. The following sums are included in allocations with the intention that they are spent on the purpose for which they were allocated.

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey health authority
Mental health 1,342
CHD 1,074
Cancer 1,360
Information management and technology 993
Primary care 1,494
Capacity 7,604

Barnet Primary Care Trust is still in the process of agreeing its financial plan for 2002–03.