Written Answers. - Expenditure on Health.

109.

asked the Minister for Health the total amount spent on health each year since 1978 under the headings: (a) hospitals (b) all other services.

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table:

Total Approved Non-capital Expenditure (gross)

Year

(a)Hospitals

(b)All other services

Total

£m.

£m.

£m.

1978

278.960

150.070

429.030

1979

355.175

182.325

537.500

1980

497.435

234.565

732.000

1981

570.295

287.705

858.000

1982

646.189

352.511

998.700

1983

707.950

382.580

1,090.530

1984

750.826

404.674

1,155.500

1985

805.575

439.425

1,245.000

1986

819.932

453.768

1,273.700

(estimated)

Note: The hospitals figures include general, longstay and psychiatric hospitals but exclude homes for the mentally handicapped. The last-named are included in "all other services".