§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) health trusts and (b) health authorities in England were in deficit on 1 April 1996; and by what amounts. 
§ Mr. Milburn
The details of all trusts' 1995–96 Income and Expenditure positions drawn from audited accounts is available in the Library. Information on 1995–96 district health authorities' Income and Expenditure positions also drawn from audited accounts have been placed in the Library. Due to a different accounting basis these figures are not directly comparable with those placed in the Library on 2 June which provided information relating to 1996–97.