NHS England

Health written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what responsibilities were transferred from his Department to NHS England and its predecessor organisations in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013 to date;

(2) what the annual budget of NHS England and its predecessor organisations was in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013;

(3) what the value of contracts overseen by NHS England and its predecessor organisations has been in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013 to date.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We have taken "predecessor organisations" to mean NHS England as a body and not other organisations that were part of the health and care system before April 2013 i.e. strategic health authorities and primary care trusts.

The NHS Commissioning Board Authority, a special health authority, was set up on 31 October 2011 by the NHS Commissioning Board Authority (Establishment and Constitution) Order 2011. Special health authorities exercise specified functions of the Secretary of State, and this authority's function was to prepare for the establishment and operation of NHS England. The authority was abolished on establishment of NHS England.

The establishment and functions of NHS England (known in legislation as the National Health Service Commissioning Board) were provided for by the National Health Service Act 2006, as amended by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 (Commencement No.2 and Transitional, Savings and Transitory Provisions) Order 2012 brought into force a number of provisions of the 2012 Act on 1 October 2012, including those which brought about the establishment of NHS England and conferred on it some of its functions in preparation for the new system coming into force on 1 April 2013.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 (Commencement No.4, Transitional, Savings and Transitory Provisions) Order 2013 brought into force further provisions of the 2012 Act, in particular those which provided for most of the remaining functions of NHS England on 1 April 2013. These are largely set out in Part 2 of the 2006 Act and relate to the commissioning of NHS services, responsibility for which was previously held by strategic health authorities and primary care trusts.

The NHS Commissioning Board Authority's budget, from its establishment on 31 October 2011 until the end of that financial year (March 2012) was £7.3 million revenue. The combined budget for the NHS Commissioning Board Authority and NHS England for the 2012-13 financial year was £81.7 million revenue and £7.7 million capital.

NHS England's annual allocation is now set out in the mandate from the Government to NHS England. For 2013-14 this is £95,623 million revenue and £200 million capital.

The value of contracts overseen by NHS England is a matter for that organisation. We understand that NHS England does not hold a central list of the value of contracts overseen by NHS England or its predecessor organisations.

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