§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many National Health Service hospital beds have been closed each year since 1979 as a result of
Committee Member Period of Service (Years) Position Held Professor Sir Abraham Goldberg (Chairman) MD DSc FRCP FRSE 5 Regius Professor of the Practice of Medicine Gardiner Institute University of Glasgow Professor A. W. Asscher BSc MD FRCP 1½ Professor of Renal Medicine University of Wales Professor A. M. Breckenridge MSc MD FRCP 2¼ Professor of Clinical Pharmacology Liverpool University Dr. C. M. Castleden MD FRCP 1½ Consultant Geriatrician Leicester General Hospital Mr. W. M. Darling OBE FPS 5 Community Pharmacist South Tyneside Professor J. W. Dundee MD PhD FRCP FFARCS 5 Professor of Anaesthetics Queens University Belfast Professor P. H. Elworthy B Pharm PhD DSc MScChem MRSC FPS MCPP 7 Emeritus Professor of Pharmacy. University of Manchester and visiting Professor in Pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy, University of London Professor A. T. Florence DSc PhD FRSC MPS MCPP 4 Professor of Pharmacy University of Strathclyde Professor D. G. Grahame-Smith MB BS PhD FRCP 11 Rhodes Professor of Clinical Pharmacology University of Oxford Professor M. W. Greaves MD PhD FRCP 1½ Professor of Clinical Dermatology St. Johns Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, London Dr. J. M. Holt MA MSc MD FRCP 5 Consultant Physician John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford
the closure of wards within hospitals that still remained open; and in which hospitals these beds were located in each case;
(2) what has been the level of expenditure on the National Health Service each year since 1955; what has been the real increase each year in terms of (a) the retail price index and (b) National Health Service pay and prices; and what was the level of National Health Service expenditure each year as a percentage of gross national product.