§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the cost of drugs used in National Health Service hospitals in 1978–79 and each year since.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
Expenditure on drugs used in hospitals cannot be separately identified centrally but it is estimated to be more than 95 per cent. of the totals for the hospital and community health services together which, in England, were:
£ million 1978–79 128.1 1979–80 155.7 1980–81 185.3 1981–82 213.9 1982–83 244.8