§ Dr. Kumar
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were awaiting non-emergency treatment for(a) up to six months, (b) up to 12 months, (c) up to 18 months, (d) up to 24 months and (e) for over 24 months in the constituency of Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East at the latest date for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Milburn
The latest date for which the information requested is available is 31 March 1997. Provisional figures show that on that date 9,931 patients were waiting for admission to South Tees Acute hospitals NHS trust, the major trust in my hon. Friend's constituency, on either an inpatient or day-case basis. Of these, 7,430 had been waiting up to six months and all had been waiting less than 12 months.