HC Deb 24 July 1989 vol 157 c531W
Mr. Robert Banks

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the figure in real terms for the increase in funding(a) for the National Health Service as a whole and (b) for the Harrogate district health authority since May 1979.

Mr. Freeman

Harrogate health authority was established on 1 April 1982. Prior to that date Harrogate formed part of the North Yorkshire area health authority and district based figures were not collected centrally.

The table shows the real terms increase in gross revenue expenditure between 1982–83 and 1987–88 (the latest year for which figures are available):

£ million
1982–83 1987–88 Real terms percentage increase1
All RHAs and SHAs 8,141.2 10,243.5 10.1
Harrogate health authority 20.1 25.3 13.2
1 Using the GDP deflator.

Since then health authorities have received further real terms increases bringing the total estimated increase over the period 1982–83 to 1989–90 nationally, and in Harrogate health authority to over 14 per cent.