Department of Health written question – answered on 25th May 2016.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to incentivise purchase of defibrillator equipment; and if he will discuss with the Chancellor of the Exchequer reviewing the VAT regulations that apply to such equipment.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

In the budget in March, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the Government is making available another £1 million to make public access defibrillators and coronary pulmonary resuscitation training more widely available in communities across England. This builds on last year’s funding of £1 million, which provided almost 700 more publicly accessible defibrillators in communities across England and increased the numbers of people trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Details on how this second tranche of the funding can be accessed will be available in due course.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer keeps all tax policy under review.

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