§ Mr. George Osborne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was provided by the NHS to the East Cheshire Hospice in each of the last 10 years. 
§ Yvette Cooper
South Cheshire health authority funding for East Cheshire Hospice for the past six years (since the creation of the health authority) is as follows:
£000 1995–96 279 1996–97 248 1997–98 253 1998–99 262 1999–2000 272 2000–01 282
The figures exclude the cost of drugs, which is also funded by South Cheshire health authority. Last year this was approximately £50,000 but the amount can vary year to year depending on requirements.