Is not the result in East Anglia even more commendable when one reflects that the figures on which its funding is based are some five years old, whereas Huntingdonshire and, to some extent, Cambridgeshire are the fastest growing areas in the country? If that rather ludicrous state of affairs is the case, are not some areas that are not so fast-growing doing very well indeed?
My hon. Friend will be aware that the increase that I announced just before Christmas for next year for the East Anglian regional health authority is among the highest in the country and reflects the rise in population. We are always anxious to ensure that our method for distributing money reflects such factors in as up-to-date a way as possible.