§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of establishing primary care groups has been. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The establishment of primary care groups was funded using moneys released by the abolition of general practitioner fundholding. The previous Government had set aside an annual budget of £180 million to run fundholding. We have used those moneys both to set up primary care groups and to improve services to patients. Approximately £150 million additional moneys was used following the establishment of primary care groups.