§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the total number of National Health Service beds and the number of acute beds per head of population.
§ Mrs. Currie
[holding answer 11 February 1988]: The requested information is given in the table.
Average daily number of available beds in the National Health Service (England) 1986 Number Total beds 315,714 Total acute beds 131,332 Total beds per 1,000 population 6.7 Total acute beds per 1,000 population 2.8
Figures for Scotland and Wales are a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland, and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.