Written Answers. - Home Help Services.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

264 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Health and Children if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the budget for home help services in the South-Western Area Health Board of the ERHA has reduced expenditure of ?11.2 million in 2002 to a budget of ?9.6 million for 2003; his views on whether this reduction of 20% in real terms is acceptable; if he intends to provide additional funding to maintain services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19283/03]

The information requested by the Deputy is not routinely collated in my Department. My Department has, therefore, asked the Eastern Regional Health Authority to provide the information, which will be forwarded to the Deputy, as a matter of urgency.