§ Mr. McMahon
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Govan, Official Report, 12 July, c. 276, when the waiting time figures by specialty from March 1981 will be available; and if he will publish figures for the years beginning in March 1979 and March 1980.
§ Mr. John MacKay
The latest date for which information is available is 1979, as follows:
Specialty *Mean Wait 1979 General surgery 74 days General medicine 22 days Gynaecology 68 days Ear nose and throat 112 days Paediatrics (medical) 48 days Paediatrics (surgical) 101 days Orthopaedic 118 days * The time which patients admitted from the waiting list and discharged from hospital in 1979 awaited admission.
I expect the 1980 and 1981 figures to be available by the end of the year.