§ Mr. Darling
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many operations due to take place within hospitals under the Lothian health board have been postponed in each month from October 1990 to the most recent available date.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
[holding answer 29 January 1991]: The number of operations postponed by hospitals in Lothian during the period October-December 1990 was as follows:
Number October 16 November 133 December 263 TOTAL 512
The corresponding total for the same period in the previous year was 590.