Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Community Care Programmes.

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asked the Minister for Health the amount of money that will be available to each of the health boards to finance community care programmes.

I presume that the Deputy is referring to the cost of the services under the direction of community care programme managers.

I am unable at this stage to state the figures for each health board area, but the total expenditure for the year 1973-74 is estimated at £33 million. The corresponding figure for the nine months April to December, 1974, is £27¼ million, based on a 12 months' provision of £36¾ million.