HC Deb 08 December 1995 vol 268 cc427-8W
Ms Harman

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the levels of capital expenditure on hospitals in each year since 1979 and that planned in the next three years. [4968]

Mr. Horam

Capital expenditure on hospitals cannot be separately identified. Total capital expenditure by national health service bodies, which includes expenditure on hospitals, in each of the last 17 years is shown in the table.

The definition of capital has changed during this period so comparisons between years cannot readily be made. For 1993–94 the threshold value for the definition of capital expenditure was increased from £1,000 to £5,000. This technical change to accounting policy reduced capital expenditure, as money spent on tangible assets which was formerly classed as capital was, in 1993–94, recorded as revenue. In that year over £100 million was transferred from capital to revenue to take account of the increase to the capital threshold.

Figures for the current and forward years are not available centrally on a comparable basis.

Year Total capital expenditure £ thousand
1994–95 1,805,240
1993–94 1,813,860
1992–93 1,926,438
1991–92 1,808,745
1990–91 1,485,404
1989–90 1,292,212
1988–89 1,087,936
1987–88 1,001,444
1986–87 936,291
1985–86 891,947
1984–85 795,404
1983–84 713,947
1982–83 686,386
1981–82 671,386
1980–81 563,174
1979–80 416,387
1978–79 376,352


Annual accounts of health authorities and summarisation schedules of NHS Trusts.


  1. 1. The table shows figures for RHAs, DHAs and the London postgraduate teaching hospitals (SHAs). Figures post 1991-92 include NHS trusts.
  2. 2. Figures for 1994-95 are provisional.
  3. 3. The figures for 1991-92 onwards represent capital additions, as recorded in accounts, which include assets purchased by authorities/trusts and assets donated to authorities/trust.
  4. 4. The figures pre-1991-92 represent capital expenditure as recorded in authorities accounts.
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