§ Mr. Levitt
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people failed to keep their appointments at NHS hospitals in 1996 in(a) North Derbyshire health authority and (b) England and Wales; and what was the estimated cost of non-attendance to the NHS. 
§ Mr. Milburn
The figures available for 1995–96 for England and National Health Service trusts in North Derbyshire are set out in the attached table. My hon. Friend may wish to contact my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales about figures for Wales.
The Department of Health does not collect financial information about patients who fail to keep hospital appointments.
Figures for non-attendances for out-patient and in-patient hospital appointments in 1995–96 for England and trusts in North Derbyshire Area Out-patients 'Did not attend' In-patients 'Failed to attend' England 5,461,299 207,515 Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital NHS Trust 18,000 536 North Derbyshire Community NHS Trust 3,474 39
Department of Health form KH091 and KHO62.