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Health Expenditure

Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will estimate the total real level of his Department's planned expenditure on health in 1995–96 prices in (a) 1997–98 and (b) 1998–99; and what such figures were for (i) 1997–98 and (ii) 1998–99, following the November 1996 Budget on the basis of the estimates of the GDP deflator contained in that Budget. [17565]

The figures requested on spending plans for the NHS are as follows.Current planned spending on the NHS total at 1995–96 prices on the basis of the current Treasury deflator for 1997–98 and 1998–99 is

(a) £2,227 million and (b) £2,262 million.

Planned spending at November 1996 at 1995–96 prices and the deflator in use then was (i) £2,240 million for 1997–98 and (ii) £2,245 million for 1998–99.