Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    NHS Expenditure

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure on the NHS was as a proportion of the GDP of England in the last 12 months; and to what extent he collates information about NHS expenditure in Scotland as a percentage of Scottish GDP in order to assess his progress towards meeting his targets. [46917]

    Mr. Hutton: The gross domestic product (GDP) for England is not yet available for 2001?02. The latest available GDP for England is for 1999 and is published by the Office of National Statistics in ‘Regional Trends‘ which is available in the Library. Figures for later years are available on a United Kingdom basis only.

    The Government‘s target for health care investment is for the whole of the United Kingdom. NHS expenditure in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is therefore collected by the Department in order to calculate total national health service expenditure in the United Kingdom.

    Planned NHS expenditure in the United Kingdom for 2001?02 was 6.3 per cent. of GDP. This means that total healthcare expenditure, including private healthcare, as a percentage of GDP last year was 7.3 per cent. rising to 7.6 per cent. by 2003?04 based on latest expenditure plans.

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