§ Mr. Maclean
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital beds there are per 1,000 of the population in(a) Cumbria and (b) England. 
§ Mr. Denham
The most recent available data are for the financial year 1997–98. In that year the average daily number of available beds per 1,000 of the population in (a) Cumbria was 4.32 and (b) England was 3.93.