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Health Services: Expenditure

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) his Department’s and (b) NHS expenditure central budgets held at (i) his Department and (ii) strategic health authorities have represented in each of the last five financial years. (191455)

The following table details the level of centrally controlled expenditure as a proportion of total national health service revenue expenditure over the past five years.

Total NHS revenue1Funding not allocated as part of Revenue Allocations2‘NHS bundle’ funding under direct control of strategic health authority (SHA)3Departmental centrally controlled funding

£ billion

£ billion

£ billion

Percentage

£ billion

Percentage

2003-04

61.866

16.839

n/a

n/a

16.839

27

2004-05

66.874

17.546

n/a

n/a

17.546

26

2005-06

74.169

20.244

n/a

n/a

20.244

27

2006-07

78.467

14.157

5.490

7

8.666

11

2007-08

87.528

17.173

6.946

8

10.228

12

n/a = Not applicable

1 2003-04 to 2006-07 figures are outturn (the actual year end position), 2007-08 is the estimated outturn position.

2 This funding is the residual centrally controlled funding after excluding the allocations to primary care trusts that were announced for 2003-04 to 2005-06 on 18 December 2002, and for 2006-07 and 2007-08 on 9 February 2005.

3 As part of the central budget setting for 2006-07 a strategic decision was to taken to transfer responsibility for a significant proportion of central budgets to the SHAs. This would allow them to be set at levels better aligned to meet local needs.