§ Mr. Maclennan
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of patients living in the Highlands and Islands conveyed to hospital by the618W Scottish ambulance service in hospital cars in (a) the eight months prior to August 1988 and (b) the eight months following August 1988.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
The information available on the number of patients conveyed by the hospital car service in the Highlands and Western Isles in 1988 is:
Number of patients conveyed Period Number 22 December 1987—21 March 1988 3,884 22 March 1988—21 June 1988 4,333 22 June 1988—21 September 1988 3,636 22 September 1988—21 December 1988 2,865 Total 14,718
Figures for 1989 are not yet available.