To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2008, Official Report, column 1353W, on departmental public expenditure, what level of funding he estimates will be needed by strategic health authorities (SHAs) in (a) 2008-09 and (b) each subsequent financial year until the 2012 Olympics; what this funding will be spent on; and to which SHAs it will be allocated.
We have agreed an allocation of at least £316,000 to NHS London for the period 2008-09. Further funding to support the delivery of health services during the Olympic Games and a lasting health legacy is under discussion. In particular the current review of sport and physical activity being led by HM Treasury will contribute to our planning for an ambitious and effective health programme leading up to 2012 and beyond. More substantial plans will be announced in August to coincide with the official start of the London Olympiad.