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Hospital Waiting Lists

Volume 958: debated on Monday 20 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services by how much the hospital admissions waiting list in (a) the Derbyshire area health authority and (b) the Sheffield area health authority has increased during the last three months.

These statistics are collected only at quarterly intervals.Following are the figures relating to 30th June and 30th September 1978:years for which figures are available; what forecasts of anticipated demand for places have been made for future years; and if he is satisfied that these latter forecasts are correct.

All children's regional planning committees have been asked to review their regional plans for the accommodation of children in care and to submit revised plans by 31st March 1979. The future provision of community homes with education on the premises in Yorkshire and Humberside is therefore under consideration by the children's regional planning committee which will in due course put their proposals to me for my consideration and approval. There are at present 831 places for boys and 154 for girls in community homes providing education on the premises in the Yorkshire and Humberside regional planning Area. The number of places for earlier years is as follows:

I understand, however, the children's regional planning committee currently anticipates a demand for 714 places for boys and 188 for girls for the three year period beginning 1st April 1979. I see no reason to doubt this forecast.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proposals exist for the closure of community schools in Yorkshire and Humberside; how many places would be lost if these closure proposals were implemented; and how many staff would lose their jobs.

I understand that the Yorkshire and Humberside children's regional planning committee has no proposals before them to close community homes with education on the premises except Dobroyd Castle which would mean the loss of 58 places for boys.Forty-five staff were employed at Dobroyd Castle on 1st November 1978 and

Actual rates of retirement pensionEquivalent value of November 1977 prices*
July 19450·501·003·186·35
October 19511·502·507·5412·57
October 19643·3755·4511·2418·15
June 19705·008·1011·6518·87
March 19736·7510·9013·9922·59
April 197817·5028·0016·8526·96
November 197819·5031·20
* Based on the movement of the General Index of Retail Prices.
† No equivalent value for the November 1978 rates at November 1977 prices can be given because the retail price index for November 1978 is not yet available.