§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute psychiatric beds per 1,000 of the 47W population there are in (a) the West Midlands region, (b) the North West region, (c) the North Thames region, (d) the South Thames region and (e) in England and Wales.
Information is not available in the form requested. The numbers of beds per thousands of population, in wards for patients suffering from mental illness, are shown in the table:
1993–94 Average daily available beds1 Population 2 Beds per thousand population West Midlands 3,854 5,289,772 0.73 North West 6,466 6,616,509 0.98 North Thames 7,300 6,793,292 1.07 South Thames 5,742 6,716,917 0.85 England 43,162 48,532,705 0.89
1 Beds include both short and long stay, for children, elderly and adults. Beds are not for the exclusive use of the population of the region in which they are to be found.
2 Population as at mid-1993.
Figures for wales are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of Wales.