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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money that was transferred to primary care trusts and subsequently classed as underspend in Budget 2013 has yet to be paid back to his Department; and how much money transferred to primary care trusts remains unaccounted for in total.
Budget 2013 included an underspend of £2.2 billion for the Department against the total departmental expenditure limit (DEL) control. This comprised an underspend of £1.4 billion against the Revenue DEL control and £0.8 billion against the Capital DEL control.
The strategic health authority (SHA)/primary care trust (PCT) sector underspend, at the time reported in the national health service quarterly performance update “The Quarter”, was £1.4 billion.. This comprised SHA surpluses of £0.8 billion and PCT surpluses of £0.6 billion.
Underspends are not lost to the NHS and are made available in the following financial year. “The Mandate” set out NHS England's allocation for 2013-14 and included the carry forward of the estimated 2012-13 underspend of £1.2 billion.