§ Mr. Brady
To ask the Secretary of State for Health(a) how many patients were treated, (b) what was the number of (i) beds and (ii) consultant surgeons and (c) what was the revenue budget for the financial year 1998–99 for (A) the Royal Marsden Hospital in London and (B) the Christie Hospital in Manchester. 
§ Mr. Denham
[holding answer 13 December 1999]: The figures for the number of patients treated and the number of beds for 1998–99 are not yet available. However in view of the unique factors affecting the Royal Marsden Hospital, such as the major complex surgery undertaken, the different case mix and the higher building and capital costs, a simplistic comparison of the data for both hospitals would not produce any meaningful results.
As at 30 September 1998, the Christie Hospital and the Royal Marsden Hospitals had 2 and 7 consultants respectively, whose first speciality was recorded in the Surgical Group. However, there are a number of consultants based in hospitals across Manchester and Salford who have operating rights at the Christie Hospital but who will not be included in the centrally collected statistics.
The 1998–99 revenue income for the Christie Hospital is £57,347,000, and for the Royal Marsden Hospital it is £74,873,000.