HC Deb 30 March 1976 vol 908 cc455-6W
Mr. Ted Fletcher

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the maximum waiting time at the Darlington Memorial Hospital for patients who require general surgery giving comparable figures for waiting time for admission to other hospitals in the Northern Region.

Dr. Owen

On 29th February 1976, 265 of the 1,031 patients on the Darlington

of the children of pre-school age in England and Wales attend local authorities' pre-school nurseries.

Dr. Owen

At 31st March 1975 some 26,000 children in England and Wales attended local authority day nurseries. This represents approximately 0.72 per cent. of the 3,584,500 children under 5 in England and Wales at 31st January 1974, the most recent date for which these figures are available. A further 4.4 per cent. of this total—158,000 children under 5 in England and Wales—were attending a local education authority nursery school or class at 31st January 1975.