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Health Service

Volume 174: debated on Monday 18 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has had from health authorities in Wales.

I receive many representations from health authorities in Wales on a wide variety of issues.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether his Department refused to allocate capital resources for any projects submitted by Gwynedd health authority in 1988–89.

In common with other health authorities in Wales Gwynedd health authority submitted bids for the central funding of a number of capital developments in 1988–89. Of the seven bids submitted by the authority, three were successful and four were rejected.In addition a request from the chairman of Gwynedd health authority in July 1988 that consideration be given to the development of a new hospital for Ynys Môn under the Secretary of State's programme for the valleys initiative was turned down since the initiative was restricted to a defined geographical area in south Wales.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 10 May, Official Report, columns 193–94, what information he has on the reasons why Gwynedd health authority's level of capital expenditure in 1988–89 comprised 4 per cent. of the Welsh total for district health authority capital spending.

I would refer the hon. Member to my reply of 10 May at columns 193–94, which identified the levels of virement between district health authorities' revenue and capital allocations in the period 1985–86 and 1988–89, which influence both the respective levels and proportions of their capital expenditure in each of these years.