§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many beds, wards and operating theatres there are within the National Health Service in England; and how many are not being used.
§ Mr. John Patten
Information on the total complement of beds, and the numbers of wards and operating theatres is not held centrally. The average daily number of available staffed beds in NHS hospitals in England during 1981, the latest year for which information is available, was 351,505.