I regret that the information is not available separately. Allocations to regional hospital boards for 1966–67 have been increased by about £430,000 to cover the increased fuel tax and the effect of Selective Employment Tax on contracts for goods and services of all kinds.
I think that the hon. Lady will find that the differential costs of fuel are taken into account anyhow—and have been for some time—in determining regional boards' allocations.
Does that sum cover the tremendous amount of extra work which the departments of the National Health Service, regional hospital boards and surveyors and architects have had to put in in making fresh adjustments? Will this alter the timetable of building? Can my right hon. Friend say whether the schemes now included in the first quinquennium will still be carried out in that period?
This will not alter the timetable. I am sure that there will be no delay in hospital building as a result of this. It is not easy to be precise about the effect of this tax, because this is only one factor which can affect building, costs. Other measures introduced by the Government should have an offsetting effect.
No, Sir; there are two figures of £500,000. One is revenue and the other capital. The great bulk of the revenue figure is to meet the costs not of S.E.T. but of increased fuel tax.