§ Mr. Oaten
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total NHS spending per head of population(a) nationally and (b) in Hampshire, including the unitary authorities of Southampton and Portsmouth and (c) in each health authority in Hampshire, including the unitary authorities of Southampton and Portsmouth, in each year since 1979 for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Denham
Health authorities have existed in their current form since 1 April 1996.
The table shows spending levels on health per weighted head of population for Hampshire health authorities.
Expenditure figures are from health authority audited accounts and are not total National Health Service funding. For 1997–98 and 1998–99 the Prescription Pricing Authority rather than individual health authorities have accounted for the majority of drugs expenditure. Health authorities do not account for the majority of General Dental Service expenditure.
Expenditure estimates for 1999–2000 are not available.
Expenditure per weighted head of population £ Health authority 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 North and Mid Hampshire 538.86 518.81 541.54 Portsmouth and South East Hampshire 561.65 521.45 586.91 Southampton and South West Hampshire 574.88 577.56 621.60 England total 625.56 607.85 659.76