§ Mr. Woodall
asked the Secretary of Stale for Social Services what was the expenditure on surgical instruments and appliances by the National Health Service in each of the last five years.
§ Sir George Young
Information in respect of surgical instruments is not kept as a separate item and could not be obtained without disproportionate expense. Information on surgical appliances is not maintained centrally, but approximate totals of the value of appliances supplied by the National Health Service in England and Wales are as follows:
£ million 1976 15 1977 17 1978 19 1979 23 1980 27