§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will publish in the Official Report for each year since 1978 and at the latest available date the number of National Health Service hospital emergency/accident reception centres in operation.
§ Mr. John Patten
Information is not available in precisely the form requested. The number of NHS hospitals in England which recorded patient activity in accident and emergency departments between 1978 and 1981 (the latest available year) is:
Year Number of hospitals 1978 674 1979 666 1980 653 1981 638