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Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2006, Official Report, column 1117W, on operations, if she will publish the same data for the years 1988-89 to 1996-97 for England only. (74122)

The information requested has been placed in the Library. 1989-90 is the earliest year for which data is available. In more recent years as more activity has shifted from in-hospital settings to out-patients and primary care, growth in day cases has slowed and ordinary admissions have started to reduce. This trend is expected to continue.