§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding allocation was provided to the prevention of admission scheme in the last five years by(a) region and (b) local authority; how many people were assisted as part of the scheme; and how many people were subsequently admitted to hospital after receiving care on the scheme. 
§ Jacqui Smith
holding answer 13 March 2002]: The NHS Plan announced an extra £900 million annually by 2003–04 for new intermediate care and related services to promote independence and improve quality of care for older people. Further details are in HSC 2001–01, LAC (2001) 01, published in January 2001 [which is in the Library of the House].
The NHS funding earmarked for intermediate care which commenced in 2000–01 forms part of unified allocations to health authorities. Unified allocations are based on a weighted capitation formula that determines