To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is his estimate for expenditure on community care in Northern Ireland in each of the next three years.
Current accounting procedures do not readily allow for separate identification of expenditure on community care, a term which itself is open to interpretation. It is estimated, however, that approximately 26 per cent. of health and social services boards' expenditure, £624 million, is currently allocated to community services. Under the regional strategy for the period 1987 to 1992 it is envisaged that this proportion will rise to 30 per cent. by 1992.