Asked if there was anything to add about the NHS financial report that was published this morning, the Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) said she had nothing further to add to what Patricia Hewitt had said this morning. The deficit was 0.2 per cent of the budget. That was not to say that the NHS bodies who overspent should not address their problems. Patricia Hewitt would be writing to all areas of the Health Service offering advice on how to improve financial management.
David Blunkett Payment
Asked about David Blunkett receiving payment of compensation after leaving office, only to return to Cabinet later, the PMS said the rules were all laid down in the Ministerial Pensions and Salaries Act 1991. She would not discuss individual salaries and pay and conditions but these rules applied to Members of Parliament as well as Ministers.
Capital Transfer Tax
Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with Patrick Diamond's ideas on Capital Transfer Tax, the PMS said that Mr. Diamond no longer advised for the Government. He was a private individual who was entitled to express his views, but was not an adviser.
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