§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget for the National Care Standards Commission is for 2002–03; and what it is forecast to be over the next three financial years. 
§ Jacqui Smith
The National Care Standards Commission provisional resource budget is £132.5 million for 2002–03, of which £1.5 million is a capital budget. This includes provision for capital charges and depreciation, and assumes that a proportion of the budget will be derived from fee income.
Decisions on the level of funding for 2003–04 to 2005–06 will be made in the light of the work on the 2002 spending review.