Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:15 pm on 13th October 2003.

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Photo of Baroness Noakes Baroness Noakes Conservative 11:15 pm, 13th October 2003

I thank the noble Baroness for giving way. Private patient income was expanded massively as a result of the 1998 legislation which effectively authorised significantly greater income-generation powers. I understand that the position since then is that it is necessary for each trust to keep a form of memorandum trading account of every single income-generation activity to show that such activity does achieve a net result.

This is not a hangover from 1948; rather, it is a specific policy decision taken by the previous government to expand income from such sources.