§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many private patients received non-urgent treatment in NHS hospitals in Wales in(a) the last six weeks, (b) the last three months and (c) the last six months. 
Mr. Jon Owen Jones
Information on the number of private patients who were admitted, as in-patients or day cases, for non-urgent treatment in NHS hospitals in Wales is given in the following table:
Number 6 weeks to 31 December 1998 380 3 months to 31 December 1998 919 6 months to 31 December 1998 1,720
Following the transfer of powers, this issue will be a matter for the National Assembly.