§ Mr. Spearing
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if, pursuant to his reply of 14 October, he will estimate the cost of answering the question put to him by the hon. Member for Newham, South concerning days lost in operating theatres in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Dorrell
In order to obtain the information a special exercise would have to be mounted. Without making detailed inquiries of health authorities, which itself would involve considerable expenditure, it is impossible to provide a precise figure, but it would definitely be well in excess of £1,000.