§ Sir G. de Freitas
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects to publish the survey "The Elderly at Home", and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ennals
The survey "The Elderly at Home", carried out by Mrs. Audrey Hunt of the Office of Population, Censuses, and Surveys on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Security, is published today and copies have been placed in the Library.
The purpose of the survey was to investigate the social and other circumstances of elderly people living in the 114W ing wards in the Hull Maternity Hospital; if the proposed closure of the Townend Maternity Hospital, Hull, is implemented.
§ Mr. McNamara
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the present number of beds available in general practitioners maternity units in the Hull Maternity Hospital and the Townend Maternity Home; and how many will be available if the Townend Maternity Home is closed.
§ Mr. McNamara
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the size of the present gynaecological and obstetrics waiting lists at the Hull Hospital for Women, the Hull Maternity Hospital and the Hull Royal Infirmary (Sutton); and what has been the absolute percentage increase or decrease over the past three years to the nearest convenient date.
§ Mr. Moyle
There is no waiting list in obstetrics. Information on the gynaecological waiting list is as follows:
community. The topics covered are: demographic characteristics of elderly people; mobility, health, and ability to look after themselves; employment; income and regular outgoings; social contacts; transport and accessibility; interests, hobbies and attitudes to life.
The findings of the survey will be taken into account in the preparation of the White Paper on the elderly which the Government plan to publish in 1979. I welcome this survey as providing a useful factual contribution to the debate.