Capital Expenditure

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1949.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 7th July 1949

asked the Minister of Health what is the total amount of capital expenditure on the National Health Service since its inception; and if he will give an estimate of the proposed capital expenditure in the next three years.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

The total amount of capital expenditure on the National Health Service from its inception to 31st March, 1949, is estimated at £7,321,000. No estimate of the proposed capital expenditure in the next three years can be made at present as this is dependent on the Government's programme of capital investments, which is under consideration.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

Is the Minister aware that mad expenditure by his Department is one of the main reasons for the economic crisis?

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

The supplementary question is as irrelevant as such questions usually are when they come from the hon. Member.