§ Mr. Barry Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the total value of services to the National Health Service funded by DRG Hospital Supplies and DRG Malago for the last two complete financial accounting periods.
§ Mr. Freeman
In the last two financial accounting periods (calendar years 1987 and 1988) the NHS has purchased DRG manufactured sterilisation packaging and other medical disposables to the estimated value of £12.25 million and £13 million respectively. Analysis by subsidiary company within the group is not available and the estimate takes no account of non-medical sales, such as stationery. I understand that DRG spent £734,000 on research and development in the NHS in 1987 and £824,000 in 1988.