HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 cc119-20W
Mr. Dobson

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is regarding whether a taxpayer's contribution towards the cost of private health care should be taxable. [155106]

Dawn Primarolo

I assume my right hon. Friend is referring to the provision of tax relief for these contributions. It is not the Government's policy that tax relief for private health care costs should be introduced. The Government's belief is that the best way to fund the nation's health needs is directly through the NHS from public expenditure, and not by subsidising those people who, for whatever reason, choose to make alternative arrangements.