§ Tim Loughton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many heart operations were carried out in England and Wales in each of the last five years, broken down by major categories of heart operation; and what comparative figures he has collated for other OECD countries. 
§ Yvette Cooper
[holding answer 28 February 2002]: The number of heart operations carried out in the national health service in England during the last five years rose by 30 per cent. The figures are as follows. 139W
Number 1996–97 CABG 22,700 PTCA 17,045 Other 132,080 Total 162,186 1997–98 CABG 22,129 PTCA 17,291 Other 131,343 Total 161,508 1998–99 CABG 23,996 PTCA 19,294 Other 148,011 Total 191,301 1999–2000 CABG 23,698 PTCA 22,341 Other 154,199 Total 200,238 2000–01 CABG 24,387 PTCA 25,698 Other 161,891 Total 211,976
Figures from other Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development countries are not available on a comparable basis. Information about heart operations undertaken in Wales is the responsibility of the Welsh Assembly.