§ Mr. Keith Bradley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the national health service revenue budget is allocated directly to primary care trusts; and what plans he has to increase this percentage. 
§ Mr. Hutton
[holding answer 16 May 2003]: The 2003–04 allocations to primary care trusts announced in December 2002 represented 77 per cent, of the national 612W health service revenue budget. In addition to these main allocations, a number of revenue budgets initially held centrally, for example, funding for nursing care, are issued to PCTs during the course of the year.