§ Mrs. Chalker
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many non-profit-making nursing homes and hospitals exist outside the National Health Service; and how many beds these provide.
§ Dr. Owen
I regret that information is not available in this form. In the year 725W ending 31st December 1974, the latest year for which figures are available however, 1,091 private nursing homes and hospitals containing 26,965 beds were registered with area health authorities in England under the Nursing Homes Act 1975. Non-profit-making nursing homes and hospitals are not separately identified among these. In addition, there may be some non-profit-making hospitals among the hospitals and nursing homes which are exempt from registration, namely those maintained or controlled by a Government Department, a local authority or any other authority or body constituted by special Act of Parliament or incorporated by Royal Charter.