§ Mrs. Beckett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the percentage change in the average length of time waiting list patients stay in hospital in 1982–83 and 1992–93. 
§ Mr. Malone
[holding answer 9 May 1995]: Estimates show that the average length of stay in hospital for patients admitted from waiting lists reduced by 41 per cent. between 1982–83 and 1992–93, from 8.7 days to 5.1 days.