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Children (Employment)

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his Department's estimate of the number of children (a) legally and (b) illegally employed in Britain; and if he will make a statement. [514]

Mr. Boateng: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Health Authority Funding

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used by his Department when allocating funds to district health authorities. [502]

Mr. Milburn: The objective of resource allocation is to promote equity through the use of a capitation formula which weights the population for the effects of:


We will look at how resources are distributed across both secondary and primary care to ensure that these fully reflect local population needs and operate as fairly as possible.

Camden and Islington Health Authority

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the total payment by his Department to Camden and Islington health authority for each of the last five years; what is his estimate for 1997-98; and what estimate the authority has submitted to him of its need. [511]

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Mr. Milburn: The total payments to Camden and Islington health authority for the years 1992-93 to 1997-98 are shown in the table. Health authorities' cash limited revenue allocations are informed by the national weighted capitation formula, not by their own estimates of need. The non-cash-limited funding is demand led.

YearHealth authorityCash limited payments (£)Non cash limited payments (£)Total payments (£)
1992-93Camden and Islington District Health Authority271,803,000Nil271,803,000
Camden and Islington Family Health Services Authority8,972,70038,218,06747,190,767
1993-94Camden and Islington District Health Authority256,376,200Nil256,376,200
Camden and Islington Family Health Services Authority11,668,10041,702,63153,370,731
1994-95Camden and Islington District Health Authority255,803,600Nil255,803,600
Camden and Islington Family Health Services Authority14,295,00044,304,05158,599,051
1995-96Camden and Islington District Health Authority270,168,000Nil270,168,000
Camden and Islington Family Health Services Authority17,369,00047,639,67165,008,671
1996-97Camden and Islington Health Authority295,839,00052,925,429348,764,429
1997-98Camden and Islington Health Authority (based on initial cash limits only)276,612,000--276,612,000


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