§ Mr. Gareth Wardell
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish for each health authority in Wales the money allocated for extra-contractual referrals by(a) non-fund holding general practitioners and (b) hospital consultants.
§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
Health authorities in Wales do not receive specific allocations for extra contractual referrals. It is for each health authority to decide the level of funding to be set aside for this purpose from within its overall994W revenue allocation in the light of local circumstances. Information relating to the planned level of spending on extra contractual referrals is given in health authorities' annual financial plans, but these budgets may be subject to revision during the course of the financial year.
On the basis of the latest information available, the following table identifies the reserves which health authorities in Wales currently have set aside for extra contractual referrals:
£ million Clwyd 1.8 East Dyfed 1.6 Gwent 1.6 Gwynedd 1.1 Mid Glamorgan 1.9 Pembrokeshire 0.8 Powys 1.0 South Glamorgan 2.0 West Glamorgan 1.6
Source of information: Latest available in-year income and expenditure monitoring returns from health authorities in Wales.