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[F197D Financial duties of Primary Care Trusts.E+W+S

(1)It is the duty of every Primary Care Trust, in respect of each financial year, to perform its functions so as to secure that the expenditure of the trust which is attributable to the performance by the trust of its functions in that year (not including expenditure within subsection (1)(a) of section 97C above) does not exceed the aggregate of—

(a)the amount allotted to it for that year under subsection (1)(b) of that section,

(b)any sums received by it in that year under any provision of this Act (other than sums received by it under that section F2...), and

(c)any sums received by it in that year otherwise than under this Act for the purpose of enabling it to defray any such expenditure.

(2)The Secretary of State may give such directions to a Primary Care Trust as appear to be requisite to secure that the trust complies with the duty imposed on it by subsection (1) above.

(3)Directions under subsection (2) above may be specific in character.

(4)To the extent to which—

(a)any expenditure is defrayed by a Primary Care Trust as trustee or on behalf of a Primary Care Trust by special trustees, or

(b)any sums are received by a Primary Care Trust as trustee or under section 96A above,

that expenditure and, subject to subsection (6) below, those sums shall be disregarded for the purposes of this section.

(5)For the purposes of this section sums which, in the hands of a Primary Care Trust, cease to be trust funds and become applicable by the Primary Care Trust otherwise than as trustee shall be treated, on their becoming so applicable, as having been received by the Primary Care Trust otherwise than as trustee.

(6)Of the sums received by a Primary Care Trust under section 96A above so much only as accrues to the Primary Care Trust after defraying any expenses incurred in obtaining them shall be disregarded under subsection (4) above.

(7)Subject to subsection (4) above, the Secretary of State may by directions determine—

(a)whether specified sums are, or are not, to be treated for the purposes of this section as received under this Act by a specified Primary Care Trust,

(b)whether specified expenditure is, or is not, to be treated for those purposes as expenditure within subsection (1) above of a specified Primary Care Trust, or

(c)the extent to which, and the circumstances in which, sums received by a Primary Care Trust under section 97C above but not yet spent are to be treated for the purposes of this section as part of the expenditure of the Primary Care Trust and to which financial year’s expenditure they are to be attributed.

(8)In subsection (7) above, “specified” means of a description specified in the directions.]

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F1s. 97D inserted (1.4.2000 for E. for the purposes of the financial year 2000-2001 and subsequent financial years and otherwise prosp.) by 1999 c. 8, ss. 3, 67; S.I. 1999/2342, art. 2(4), Sch. 3

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