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NHS: Finance

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons planned NHS spending over the years from 2008-09 to 2010-11 set out in the 2008 Budget report has been reduced from the planned spending set out in the 2007 pre-Budget report for those years. (196730)

Planned national health service spending over the years from 2008-09 to 2010-11 as set out in the 2008 Budget report has not been reduced from the planned spending set out in the 2007 pre-Budget report.

The apparent difference in published figures was due to an error in the NHS revenue expenditure reported in the Budget Red Book. The correct revenue figures were presented to Parliament and published on the HM Treasury website on Friday 14 March 2008 at:

www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/media/A/7/bud08_corrections.pdf.

The correction makes it clear that the planned resource delivery expenditure limit (DEL) for NHS England is £97.1 billion in 2008-09, £103.6 billion in 2009-10 and £110.7 billion in 2010-11. Compared to the plans published at the Comprehensive Spending Review and payment by results, these updated figures reflect decisions to allocate more resources to social care within the Department's DEL, including as a result of transfer of functions from the NHS to social care, and minor revenue transfers to other Government departments. The resources involved are £166 million in 2008-09, £236 million in 2009-10 and £230 million in 2010-11.