§ Mr. Chope
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many AS1 emergency calls were received by the London Ambulance Service on 26 October; how many AS2 urgent requests for ambulances were received on that date; and what is the(a) average and (b) longest time taken to respond to calls in each category. 
§ Ms Stuart
The London Ambulance Service received 2,576 AS1 emergency calls and 373 AS2 urgent requests for ambulances on 26 October 1999.
The average time taken to respond to AS1 calls on that date was 9.9 minutes and the longest time was more than 30 minutes.
Information is not collected in this way for AS2 requests. However, the average time of arrival at hospital was four minutes later than the time specified by a general practitioner and the longest time was approximately 21 minutes after the time specified by a GP.