§ Mr. Sykes
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the economic impact on the independent nursing sector of referrals by North Yorkshire county council to nursing homes owned by that council; 
(2) what percentage of referrals by North Yorkshire county council are to council-owned nursing homes; 
(3) what representations she has received from the independent nursing sector on referrals by North Yorkshire county council to homes owned by that council. 
§ Mr. Bowis
Centrally held data on nursing home provision relates to health authority and not local authority areas. In 1993–94 there were 138 registered homes within the North Yorkshire health district. The table gives number of beds by specialisation.
Number Mental illness 453 People with learning disabilities — Maternity — Physically disabled 360 Alcohol and drug misuse 7 Other 3,850 Total number of beds 4,670
Local authorities do not own nursing homes.