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"Regional Health Authorities (Expenditure)

Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will itemise in cash terms the amount spent by each regional health authority on administration in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986."

[holding answer 7 December 1987]: Tables showing each health authority's expenditure on headquarters administration for the years requested have been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will give per capita spending on health and personal social services in cash terms and at 1987–88 prices for each year since 1979 to the latest available date for (a) all ages, (b) up to four years, (c) five to 15 years, (d) 16 to 64 years, (e) 65 to 74 years and (f) 75 years and over, giving the amount spent on (i) hospital and community services, (ii) family practitioner services, (iii) personal social services and (iv) total in England;

[holding answer 18 February 1988]: Estimates of gross current expenditure per head of population on health and personal social services, in cash and at 1987–88 prices, for each year between 1979–80 and 1985–86, the latest year for which these estimates are available are given in the table.These figures are derived through successive estimations starting with the Department's programme budget analysis, details of which are provided annually to the Social Services Committee and are published by the Committee in minutes of evidence associated with its report on public expenditure on the social services 1987 (HC 413). Expenditure on each of the services identified is then apportioned to different age groups from data on the use of services derived from a variety of sources. Due to these changes in sources and definitions data for the earliest years may not be fully consistent with those for later years.

All age groups

Births

0 to 4

5 to 15

16 to 64

65 to 74

75+

1980–81401555551560260
1981–82452060651565275
1982–83502065701565305
1983–84552070752075330
1984–85602575752080345
1985–86602580802080355

Family practitioner services

1979–8035403025354585
1980–81455040304060105
1981–82506050404565115
1982–83606555505075125
1983–84657060555585135
1984–857080706060100150
1985–867585756565100150

Hospital and community health services

1979–801156251205065220545
1980–811457901456080290710
1981–821609151507085325770
1982–831751,0051607590340840
1983–841851,0251607595370875
1984–851951,07517580100395925
1985–862001,11018590105390970

Total for above services

1979–80185680195120110320840
1980–812308552401451354101,075
1981–822559952601751454551,160
1982–832851,0902801951554801,270
1983–843051,1152902051705301,340
1984–853251,1803202151805751,420
1985–863351,2203402351905701,475

Estimated gross current expenditure per head of population (England)

£ (1987–88 prices

1

)

All age groups

Births

0 to 4

5 to 15

16 to 64

65 to 74

75+

Personal social services

1979–80602575752095360
1980–81602585852085385
1981–82602580852090365
1982–83652580852080380
1983–84652585902090390
1984–85652585852590390
1985–86652585852590385

Family practitioner services

1979–80657055456080150
1980–81657555456085155
1981–82708065556090155
1982–83758570606595155
1983–847585756565105160
1984–858095807070110170
1985–868090807070no160

Hospital and community health services

1979–802001,08520585110385950
1980–812151,160215901204251,045
1981–822151,220200901154351,030
1982–832151,250200901154251,045
1983–842201,220195901154401,045
1984–852201,225200901154501,055
1985–862151,195200951104201,045

Total above services

1979–803251,1803352051905601,460
1980–813401,2603552202005951,585
1981–823451,3253452301956151,550
1982–833551,3603502352006001,580
1983–843601,3303552452006351,595
1984–853651,3453652452106501,615
1985–863601,3103652502056201,590

1 Adjusted in fine with the GDP deflator at market prices.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services why he will not publish figures for Greater London as a whole, for Health Service expenditure in real terms, using the National Health Service pay and prices deflator.

The composition of an individual health authority's expenditure, or that of a group of health authorities in a particular metropolitan area, can differ significantly from the national average. It is therefore not appropriate to revalue such expenditure by reference to centrally assessed movements in pay and prices.