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Primary Care Trusts (Prisons)

Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from primary care trusts about the impact on their budgets of providing healthcare services in prisons. [103383]

I have received no recent representations front primary care trusts (PCTs) on this issue. Funding responsibility for health services in prisons will not be Fully devolved to PCTs until April 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what allowance he has made in budget allocations to primary care trusts for the number of prisons in the area they cover. [103384]

Allocations to primary care trusts (PCTs) for 2003–04 include an element to fund National Health Service secondary care services for prisoners, and take into account the population of each prison in a PCT area. Allocations also include funding for the continuation of existing prison mental health in-reach services.