Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Unification of Approved Societies.

asked the Minister for Local Government and public Health if he will state if any estimate has been made of the savings which will be effected in the cost of central administration by the National Health Insurance Department as the result of the unification of approved societies, and, if so, whether he will give particulars of same.

The estimated saving in the cost of central administration of national health insurance as the result of unification of approved societies is £10,000.

In addition, economies in the cost of national insurance audit will ultimately accrue, including a saving on travelling of £750 a year. The saving on staff engaged on the audit cannot at present be indicated.

I take it the saving of £10,000 means £10,000 per annum?