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Information Technology

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's (a) total managed expenditure,(b) total spending on Information Technology and (c) spending on Information Technology as a proportion of its total managed expenditure was in each financial year since 1997–98. [107176]

The National Health Service does not separately identify spend on information technology, so exact figures are not available. Net NHS expenditure in England for 2002–03—estimated out-turn—is £54.4 billion. Estimated baseline spend for 2002–03 was collected which indicated some £850 million of expenditure for information technology was anticipated. The indicative amount of £850 million spent on information technology as a proportion of total NHS spend is 1.6 per cent.