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NHS Deficits

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance he has given to the Department of Health on the financial recovery of NHS deficits. (79620)

The Treasury agrees budgets with Departments and it is the responsibility of Departments to ensure they remain within these budgets.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on deficits in the NHS; and if he will make a statement. (79621)

Treasury Ministers and officials have regular discussions with Ministers and officials in the Department of Health as part of the process of policy analysis, development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government’s practice to provide details of all such discussions.