§ Mr. Lofthouse
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people were in receipt of supplementary benefit (a) in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region and (b) in the Castleford travel-to-work area in 1979 and each subsequent year.
§ Mr. Major
The Castleford travel-to-work area is covered by the Department's offices at Castleford, Hemsworth, Pontefract and Wakefield, although their boundaries are not conterminous with that area.
The numbers of people receiving supplementary benefit in (a)Yorkshire and Humberside and (b) each of the four offices specified on 6 May 1986 and on comparable dates for each year since 1979 were as follows:
health authorities under health circular HC(86)4, requires the designation of private patient officers at all hospitals where the treatment of private patients is authorised. 847 hospitals in England are so authorised.