§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why only two pay beds have been withdrawn from the North-West Thames Region.
§ Mr. Moyle:
A total of 117 pay bed authorisations have been withdrawn in the North-West Thames region since the Health Services Act 1976 came into force on 21st November 1976. The remaining pay beds will be progressively withdrawn as proposed by the independent Health Services Board, in accordance with the principles of section 70 of the National Health Services Act 1977.