§ Mr. Patchett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the waiting time for patients for operations in the Trent regional health authority in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Sackville
Waiting time information by regional health authority is given in "Hospital Waiting List Statistics: England", published twice a year, copies of which are available in the Library. Provisional figures for March 1993 show that, over the last three years, Trent regional health authority has reduced the number of patients waiting over a year by 31 per cent.