§ Mr. Kidney
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has collected on the availability of acute service beds for mental health service patients. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The table sets out the data for the latest year available.
Average daily number of available beds and average daily number of occupied beds, mental illness wards open overnight (i.e. 24 hours), England 1997–98 Ward classification Available beds Occupied beds Children short stay 403 285 long stay 119 99 Elderly short stay 7,382 6,119 long stay 7,410 6,090 Other ages secure unit 1,921 1,566 short stay 14,458 13,188 long stay 4,908 4,300 Residential care 1,282 1,159