To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report the income to National Health Service hospitals from charges for private beds by regions for each year from 1979.
Following is the information requested derived from the annual accounts of regional and district health authorities and those of the special health authorities for the London postgraduate teaching hospitals. (Predecessor authorities for the years prior to 1982–83).
National Health Service patients cared for and treated under contractual arrangements with the private sector by specialty and regions for each year since 1979 and the cost to the regional health authorities.
I shall let the hon. Member have such information as can be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost as soon as possible.