§ Mr. Burns
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for the most recent date for which figures are available the number of people in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area awaiting non-emergency treatment(a) up to 12 months, (b) up to 18 months, (c) up to 24 months and (d) over 24 months. 
§ Ms Jowell
The latest available information gives the position on 31 March 1997. On that date 6,164 patients were waiting for admission to Mid Essex Hospital Trust, on either an inpatient or day case basis, of whom 6,063 had been waiting less than 12 months and none of whom had been waiting more than 18 months.