Mr. Michael J. Foster
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were(a) the number of people waiting for 12 months or more for hospital treatment and (b) the total number of people waiting for hospital treatment, in May in each year from 1992 to 1999 in the Worcester Royal Infirmary Trust area. 
§ Mr. Denham
The figures are for the Worcester Royal Infirmary National Health Service Trust for the end of March every year. Monthly collection of data only started in April 1998 so a time series for May was not possible. Trusts, as they are coded today, have only supplied data from June 1994. Prior to 1994–95 waiting list data were compiled from district health authorities returns. Therefore, there is no comparable data available for 1992 to 1994.
Worcester Royal Infirmary Trust Total Over 12 months March 1995 3,092 0 March 1996 3,230 0 March 1997 4,111 29 March 1998 5,047 191 March 1999 4,302 282