§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been(a) the increase in Government funding of social services in Dorset and (b) the inflation rate since (i) 1979 and (ii) 1990; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Bowis
Figures for individual local government services were not available before 1981–82. Funding for personal social services in Dorset increased from £19.7 million in that year to £43.5 million in 1990–91, and £86.5 million in 1995–96. Inflation from 1981–82 and 1990–91 has been 98 and 19 per cent. respectively—as measured by the gross domestic product deflator.
In real terms personal social services resources in Dorset have increased by 121 per cent. since 1981–82, and by 67 per cent. since 1990–91.788W