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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total increase in allocations for 2002–03 is for the NHS; and how much of that, in (a) value and (b) percentage terms, is accounted for by (i) generic cost pressures (ii) increases in primary care prescribing costs, (iii) increases in medical negligence costs and (iv) increases in earmarked funding. [56286]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 14 May 2002]: Health authority allocations for 2002–03 increased by £3,704 million, or 9.9 per cent.

This included funding to meet increases in pay, prices and other pressures faced by all health authorities, but these are not separately identified within allocations. It also included £775 million, or 2.1 per cent. earmarked funding.