§ Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what monitoring she has undertaken regarding schemes financed by the additional funds for the waiting list initiative announced on 17 February; and if she will place the data obtained in the Library.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
[holding answer 19 April 1994]: When the additional funding was allocated regional health authorities were asked to record the resulting activity. Initial returns show that at least 38,000 patients have benefited from earlier treatment as a result of the Government's initiative.