§ Mr. Jim Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) local authority residential places, (b) independent sector residential places, (c) national health service long-stay geriatric and psycho-geriatric beds and (d) independent sector nursing home places there were in (i) 1970 and (ii) 1990. 
§ Mr. Bowis
The information available centrally is shown in the table. The figures for 1970 are not strictly comparable with those for 1990 due to a variety of changes in recording practices.
Residential places and hospital beds 19701 19901 Local authority residential places2 n/a3 105,400 Independent sector residential places2 54,900 180,500 NHS geriatric hospital beds (annual average available)4.5 39,5916 48,734 NHS psycho-geriatric long-stay hospitals beds (annual average available)5 n/a7 18,879 Independent sector nursing home places8 n/a9 94,313
1 Figures for 1970 relate to 31 December; those for 1990 relate to 31 March.514W
2 Places in homes for elderly people and people with physical and/or sensory disabilities.
3 Information on places was not collected in 1970; there were 99,700 elderly residents in local authority residential homes at 31 December 1970.
4 Figures are for long and short stay beds.
5 1970 classification based on clinical specialty, 1990 based on ward classification.
6 Figure is for England and Wales.
7 Figures for geriatric and long-stay not separately identified in 1970.
8 Beds for elderly people and elderly people with mental health problems.
9 Information not collected centrally.
Department of Health statistical returns RAC5, KO36.