§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the average annual waiting list for hospital treatment in Scotland in each of the past five years.
§ Mr. John MacKay
Information on waiting lists is collected centrally only at 31 March and 30 September each year. The number of patients on waiting lists at 30 September for each of the past five years was as follows:
30 September Number on waiting lists 1979 70,970 1980 67,180 1981 65,024 1982 *86,179 1983 †89,416 Notes: * Figures for 30 September 1982 are incomplete as total figures were not available for all areas because of NHS industrial action. † Provisional.