§ Mr. Stallard
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hospital beds in National Health Service hospitals in Northern Ireland are used for private health care; and what proportion of total available beds that figure represents.
§ Mr. John Patten
In 1981 an average of 20.3 beds were used by private patients receiving treatment in Health Service hospital in Northern Ireland. This figure represents 0.25 per cent. of acute hospital beds.