§ Mr. Eadie
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the average number of hospital beds provided annually from the initiation of the National Health Service up to 1960; what was the average annual number of new hospital beds provided between 1960 and 1964; and what was the annual average number between 1964 and 1968.
§ Mr. Ross
An estimate up to 1960 is not available. The average number of beds provided in new or converted buildings between July, 1948, and September, 1961, was 220 per annum; between October, 1961, and December, 1964, the average was 563 per annum and between January, 1965, and December, 1968, it was 933 per annum.