§ Mr. Cox
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cataract operations were performed in NHS hospitals in the Greater London area in each of the last three years. 
§ Mr. Milburn
The information for in-patient treatment in National Health Service trust hospitals is based on Finished Consultant Episodes (FCEs), which represent the number of episodes of care under individual consultants. The total number of FCEs recorded for cataract operations for Greater London trusts is as follows:
- 1996–97: not available
- 1995–96: 24,856
- 1994–95: 24,781
The data are grossed for both coverage and unknown/invalid clinical data.