§ 28. Mr. Skinner
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total number of people on NHS waiting lists at the latest available date. 
§ Mr. Congdon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting(a) over one year and (b) over 18 months for treatment (i) in each region and (ii) nationally in December 1996; and how many (1) in each equivalent region and (2) nationally were waiting for (a) and (b) in March 1991. 
§ Mr. Horam
The table gives the information requested. Information on the number of patients waiting over 18 months is not available for 1991. Regions have been adjusted as far as possible to allow comparisons between 1991 and 1996, but some differences remain, notably due to boundary changes in south Humber, Bedfordshire and Morecambe bay.
Patients Waiting over one year at end December 1996 (provisional) Region Patients waiting over one year Of which: Patients waiting over 18 months Northern and Yorkshire 2,563 0 Trent 5,277 0 Anglia and Oxford 1,561 22 North Thames 4,007 59 South Thames 2,924 28 South and West 2,507 12 West Midlands 288 0 North West 2,813 2 England 21,940 123
Patients waiting over one year at end March 1991 Region Patients waiting over one year Northern and Yorkshire 17,801 Trent 10,525 Anglia and Oxford 19,713 North Thames 36,593 South Thames 26,265 South and West 24,452 West Midlands 17,473 North West 16,939 England 169,761
Regions not directly comparable due to boundary changes, notably in south Humberside, Morecambe bay and Bedfordshire.