§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average number of hospital beds available daily in the National Health Service, the average number occupied and the percentage of under-occupancy represented by the difference.
§ Mr. Alison
The numbers are as follows:
England 1970 Average daily number of available beds 423,621 Average daily bed occupation 351,251
This means that the proposition of unoccupied beds is, on average, 17.08 per cent.