§ Tim Loughton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer on 29 April 2002,Official Report, column 626W, on overseas treatment, what the estimated number of patients for the next six months booked to receive overseas treatment was. 
§ Mr. Hutton
[holding answer 24 May 2002]: No such information is held centrally. It is for local commissioners to decide, in the light of capacity constraints across their local health economies, and taking into account the different commissioning options available to them, whether or not to refer patients overseas for treatment.