§ Mr. Laws
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the annual growth rate of emergency admissions for people aged over 75 years for each year since 1997–98 to the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Jacqui Smith
[holding answer 4 July 2002]: The information requested is set out in the table.
Year Emergency admissions for people aged 75 and over Percentage increase on previous year 1997–98 912,347 — 1998–99 939,276 2.95 1999–2000 954,542 1.63 2000–01 961,275 0.71
Data in this table are adjusted for both coverage and unknown/ invalid clinical data, except for 2000–01, which are not yet adjusted for shortfalls.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.
The emergency admissions targets, as set out in the Planning and Performance Framework, are being met and good progress is being made.