§ 25. Mr. Rathbone
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the management cost figure as a percentage of total national health costs for England for the current year; and what was the figure for the year ended April 1982.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
When health authorities accounts for 1982–83 are available in the summer, I expect them to show progress towards our target that by the end of 1984–85 in each region expenditure on management should not exceed 4.61 per cent. of resources. The returns for 1981–82 have little, if any, management value due to the restructuring of the service on 1 April 1982, but I shall write to my hon. Friend when they have been collected.