§ Dr. Godman
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the ratio of National Health Service beds to population in Scotland; and how this compares with the figures for April 1979 and April 1983.
§ Mr. John MacKay
The ratio of National Health Service beds to population, expressed as average available staffed beds per 100,000 population, was 1,112 at 30 September 1984, the most recent date for which the information is available for Scotland as a whole. This compares with 1,106 at 31 March 1983 and 1,135 at 31 March 1979.