HC Deb 08 February 2001 vol 362 c656W
Sir Nicholas Lyell

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list in respect of each hospital in the NHS(a) the number of beds in the hospital, (b) the number of permanent mortuary spaces available, (c) the number of temporary mortuary spaces available, (d) the proportion of temporary and permanent mortuary spaces which comply with (i) health and safety requirements, (ii) health service standards and (iii) designated staffing levels, (e) if its mortuary facilities are CPA accredited and (f) if it used non-refrigerated and non-compliant temporary facilities in the past two years. [149279]

Mr. Denham

I have placed information on the number of beds in each National Health Service hospital in England in the Library. Hospital mortuaries are accredited as part of National Health Service pathology services; it is not, therefore, possible to identify separately those hospital mortuaries which do not meet accreditation standards. Information is not held centrally on the number of permanent or temporary mortuary facilities, the standards they comply with, or the use of non-refrigerated or non-compliant temporary facilities.