§ Mr. Chapman
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of the total funds made available for the National Health Service goes in wages and salaries; and what information he has about how this figure compares with other European Community countries.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
[pursuant to his reply, 8 July 1986, c. 162]: The proportion of National Health Service expenditure devoted to wages and salaries is about 60 per cent. The figure varies between services: in the hospital and community health service, for example, 73 per cent. of revenue expenditure is spent on pay. I regret that information about comparisons with other European Community countries could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.