To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) how much NHS funding has been allocated to children's hospices in Lancashire in each year since 1997; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of the total children's hospice funding that represented in each year;
(3) how many children's hospices in the Ribble Valley receive less than 10 per cent. of their core funding from the NHS.
There is one children's hospice in Chorley registered with the Healthcare Commission. The Department does not collect information on hospice funding.
Children's hospice services are funded from a number of sources, including services commissioned by primary care trusts on the basis of their assessment of children's needs and their priorities. There is no upper limit to the amount of funding which the national health service can provide.
The Department continues to encourage representatives of children's hospices to engage actively with local NHS bodies over the contribution that hospices can make to the overall pattern of palliative care they commission for children and young people in their localities.