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Primary Care Trusts: Finance

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1180-3W, on primary care trusts: finance, what definition his Department uses of top-slicing; and how much was top-sliced from primary care trusts to strategic health authorities at the end of the (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 financial years. (230470)

A top-slice is where a proportion of a primary care trust's (PCTs) allocation is held within a local strategic reserve to ensure the delivery of the overall financial position within that health economy. Since 2006-07, strategic health authorities (SHAs) have been able to determine and agree with PCTs the arrangements for top-slicing or voluntary lodgements to be held within the local strategic reserve.

I also refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr. Lansley) on 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 454W, which provides top-slice figures held by SHAs at the end of 2006-07 and 2007-08 financial years.