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Ambulance Service

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average response time for ambulances in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) the Tees Valley was in each year since 1997. (71081)

The Department collects ambulance response time data by ambulance trust rather than by geographical area, and in relation to response time requirements rather than by average response time. Therefore, the information requested is not centrally collected in the required format.

The data that the Department does collect on ambulance response times has been published on an annual basis in the statistical bulletin, “Ambulance services, England”. These documents are all available in the Library and from 1998-99. The latest data is available on the Department's website at www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/ll/36/79/04113679.pdf.

These publications include ambulance response time data for the Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Trust, which covers Tees Valley, and for the whole of England.