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Public Health

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2007, Official Report, column 1230W, on public health, what the figures were in each of the previous three years; (110925)

(2) what percentage of the PCT programme budget was accounted for by category 21 expenditure on public health in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.

Estimates of primary care trust expenditure on public health are available from the healthy individuals category in the programme budgeting returns. Expenditure in this category covers immunisation, screening and general/routine health examinations. However, not all spend on public health will necessarily be picked up in this category.

The net spend on healthy individuals as a proportion of total net operating expenditure, for each primary care trust in England for the financial years 2003-04, the first year these data were collected, 2004-05 and 2005-06 has been placed in the Library.