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Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what instructions he has given to health authorities on the distribution of funding to (a) primary care groups and (b) primary care trusts for 200203; and what arrangements he is putting in place for the funding of primary care trusts from 2003 onwards. 
Mr. Hutton: Health Service Circular 1998/171 set out the principles for health authorities to follow in setting primary care group and primary care trust allocations. For 200203 these principles continue to apply but are supplemented by additional guidance set out in HSC 2001/34, "Health Authority Revenue Resource Limits 200203". Copies of these documents have been placed in the Library.
From 200304, the intention is that allocations will be made direct to primary care trusts. This is subject to the passage of legislation through Parliament. Allocations will continue to be based on the principle of weighted capitation.
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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which postcodes are included in the catchment area for Epsom hospital's maternity unit; and how many patients came from each of those postcode areas in the last year for which information is available. 
|Postcodes within catchment area||Delivery episodes|
|Other postcodes (outside defined catchment)||249|
Postcodes listed fall wholly or partly within the catchment area, which is defined as that area for which Epsom general hospital was the designated district hospital prior to becoming a trust hospital in 1991.