§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statistics his Department collates on the operation of the out-of-area treatment system. 
§ Mr. Hutton
[holding answer 21 November 2001]: Regional offices annually collect information on the cost, and the home health authority of those out-of-area patients who are treated at each national health service trust within their area. The information is compiled centrally by the Department and used to calculate the annual out-of-area funding adjustment.