HC Deb 21 December 2000 vol 360 cc282-3W
Mr. Jenkin

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds in care homes there were in(a) the United Kingdom and (b) Essex in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest date for which figures are available. [144092]

Mr. Hutton

The number of beds in residential and nursing care homes at 31 March 1997 and 31 March 2000 are given in the table. Figures for the United Kingdom as a whole are not available.

Care beds as at 31 March
England Essex
1997 523,999 14,388
2000 528,450 13,854


DH Annual Statistical Returns RA, RH(N)