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NHS: Finance

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding the Government provided to meet the start-up and running costs of the (a) Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, (b) Nursing and Midwifery Council and (c) Health Professions Council in each year since its creation; and what proportion of the total budget this represented in each case. (142473)

According to our records, the amount of funding that was provided to the Health Professions Council (HPC) for its establishment was £3,804,467.38 between 2002 and 2004. No funding has been paid to the HPC by the Department since April 2004, as the HPC is an autonomous organisation funded by registration fees and does not receive funding from the Department. Details of the HPC’s budget are not held centrally, but are available from the HPC itself.

According to our records, the amount of funding that was provided to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for its establishment was £3,656,382.81 between April 2002 and April 2004. No funding has been paid to the NMC by the Department since April 2004, as the NMC is an autonomous organisation funded by registration fees and does not receive funding from the Department. Details of the NMC’s budget are not held centrally, but are available from the NMC itself.

According to our records, the amount of funding that was provided to the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) starting in 2003 for its start-up costs and running costs so far is £8,790,315.47. This represents 100 per cent. of CHRE budget.

Figures prior to April 2002 are currently unavailable without extensive research.