HC Deb 13 June 2002 vol 386 cc1436-7W
Margaret Morgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what moneys have been provided(a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton, South constituency since 1997. [58588]

Mr. Lammy

Monies have been provided to the former Bedfordshire Health Authority and to the Luton Health Action Zone. The funds are not specifically identified to the Luton, South constituency because deployment is a matter for local determination.

The overall settlement for Bedfordshire in 2002–03, £419.9 million, was a £39.1 million or 10.5 per cent. increase, the fourth largest of any health authority in England.

The constituency does, however, have some of the highest deprivation in Luton and health action zone funding is targeted at areas of deprivation.