HC Deb 14 November 1985 vol 86 cc279-80W
Mr. Irving

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is able to estimate the numbers of persons subscribing to private health insurance schemes in (a) 1974, (b) 1979 and (c) 1983 and at the latest date for which figures are available.

Mr. Hayhoe

It is estimated that the number of people subscribing to private medical insurance in the United Kingdom at 31 December each year was 1.1 million in 1974, 1.3 million in 1979, 2.2 million in 1983, and 2.3 million in 1984.