§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the hospital bed complement within the National Health Service in England in each of the past five years.
§ Mr. John Patten
Information is not available in precisely the form requested. The average daily numbers 571W of available beds in the National Health Service in England from 1978 to 1982, the latest year for which figures are available, are given in the table.
Year Average daily number of available beds 1978 369,235 1979 361,670 1980 355,979 1981 351,505 1982 348,104