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Trust Funds

Volume 202: debated on Friday 24 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what were the trust fund balances held by each health authority in England and Wales on 31 March 1989, 1990 and 1991 in respect of capital reserves for (a) funds held in perpetuity and (b) other funds, distinguishing in each case between (i) general purposes and (ii) special purposes; and if he will make a statement;(2) what was

(a) the total trust fund income and (b) total trust fund expenditure of each individual health authority in England and Wales in 1988–89, 1989–90 and 1990–91; and if he will make a statement.

Tables showing the information requested and derived from the annual trust fund accounts of health authorities and special trustees in England have been placed in the Library.Health authorities are empowered under section 90 of the National Health Service Act 1977 to accept, hold and administer any property on trust for all or any purposes relating to the health service. Income and expenditure arising and balances accruing from the activities of third parties such as League of Friends and independently registered charitable trusts are not identifiable within the trust fund accounts of health authorities and are often accounted for separately.The information relating to Wales is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.