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Ambulance Services

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new ambulances were purchased by the NHS in each of the last five years. (206344)

This information is not held centrally. The purchasing of ambulances is a matter for national health service ambulance trusts to manage in order to provide appropriate resources to meet local demand.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how each ambulance service performed against targets for (a) category A eight-minute response, (b) category A 19-minute response and (c) category B 19 minute response in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. (206562)

The ambulance response time data that is collected, and which includes performance against targets for category A eight-minute and 19- minute responses, and category B 19-minute responses is published annually in the KA34 statistical bulletin. Ambulance response time data for 2007-08 is planned for publication by the Information Centre for health and social care in June 2008.

The latest KA34 statistical bulletin, “Ambulance Services, England, 2006-07” was published in June 2007 and copies are available in the Library and on the Information Centre for health and social care’s website at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statisticsanddatacollections/auditsand performance/ambulance/ambulanceservices-england-2006-07