HC Deb 27 November 2002 vol 395 cc356-7W
Dr. Julian Lewis

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether, out of the baseline allocation for silicon cosmesis for artificial limbs(a) in 2001–02, £418,142 and (b) in 2002–03, £1,317,159 was not spent on such provision. [82279]

Mr. Lammy

[holding answer 21 November 2002]: Baseline allocations of £0.5 million in 2001–02, £1.5 million in 2002–03 and £2.0 million in 2003–04 were expected to be used for the provision of silicone cosmesis for artificial limbs. Spending on silicone cosmesis through the national health service purchasing and supply agency was £81,858 for 2001–02, and £182,841 so far in 2002–03. The baseline allocation for 2002–03 was for the whole financial year; the spending recorded so far relates to the first half of that year. It will not be possible to provide full-year spending figures for 2002–03 until after the end of that year.