HC Deb 18 March 2004 vol 419 c448W
Mr. Swayne

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) ambulances and (b) emergency vehicles used by paramedics and doctors there are in England. [159898]

Ms Rosie Winterton

This information is not held by the Department of Health in the format requested.

The NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (an executive agency of the Department of Health) estimates that the national health service has an ambulance fleet of approximately 5,500 vehicles; this is made up of approximately 46 per cent. patient transport service and 54 per cent. accident and emergency ambulances. This excludes cars, rapid response vehicles and smaller patient transport service vehicles. Information is not collected centrally on the number of these vehicles.