§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit in 2001–02 will be accounted for by salary costs and pension contributions. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The total departmental expenditure limit in 2001–02 is £49.8 billion. The current estimate of the hospital and community health service paybill in 2001–02 is £22.7 billion (45 per cent. of the planned expenditure).
The estimate of the HCHS paybill includes all salary costs—including pension contributions.