§ Mr. Cartwright
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what is the average length of in-patient stay in hospital;
(2) how many patient beds were available on an average day in each year in National Health Service hospitals from 1979 until 1986.
§ Mrs. Currie
For the latest information available I refer the hon. Member to statistical bulletin 2/86 "NHS Hospital Activity Statistics for England 1974–1985", a copy of which has been placed in the Library.