§ Mr. Newton
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the number of patients in England awaiting admission to National Health Service hospitals at the latest date for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Ennals
Hospital in-patient waitting lists show only a small increase during the last six-monthly period for which figures are available. The figures for all specialities in England are:
30th September 1975 … 519,552 31st March 1976 … 583,851 30th September 1976 … 589,238* * Provisional.