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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent in near cash in 2005-06 for each activity in figure A.2 of his Department’s Annual Report 2007; and what the level of near cash (a) overspend or (b) underspend was in relation to each activity. (178011)

Departmental expenditure limits, including near cash, apply to the aggregate level of departmental expenditure not individual programmes within the overall budget. The near-cash expenditure in 2005-06 for each activity in figure A.2 of the 2007 departmental report is shown in the following table.

Consumption of resources by activity

Near cash outturn 2005-06 (£000)

National health service

72,156

Of which:

Hospital and community health services

68,955

Of which:

Health authorities unified budgets and central allocations and grants to local authorities

68,955

Family health services

2,131

Of which:

General dental services

1,038

General ophthalmic services

358

Pharmaceutical services

1,162

Prescription charges income

-427

Central health and miscellaneous services

793

Of which:

Welfare food departmental expenditure limit

104

European economic area medical costs

343

Other central health and miscellaneous services

346

Departmental administration including agencies

277

Personal social services (PSS)

2,060

Of which:

PSS

181

Local authority social services grants

1,880

Of which:

Training support programme for social services staff

Grants for adults

1,459

Grants for children

91

Human resources development strategy

63

Grants funded form the invest to save fund performance fund

NHS superannuation—England and Wales1

Credit guarantee finance1

NHS annually managed expenditure1

Total Department of health resource budget

74,232

1 This expenditure is outside the Department’s expenditure limit and near cash controls.