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Regional Health Authorities (Costs)

Volume 972: debated on Monday 22 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will set out in the Official Report his estimates of the cost (a) increased value added tax and (b) the Clegg awards to each regional health authority in England and Wales; what is the amount by which they are offset by increased allocations from central Government; and what the gain to the Exchequer will be as a result of value added tax and income tax revenue on these increases.

The estimates requested, in so far as they can be made, are set out in the table below. All figures relate to 1979–80. The amount each RHA will have paid by way of increased VAT could only be reliably known on the basis of far more detailed information about spending than it would be appropriate to collect. There are no RHAs in Wales and in any event health services in Wales are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.