§ Mrs. Beckett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS hospitals there were in England(a) by region and (b) in total in each year since 1979. 
§ Mr. Sackville
Information on the number of hospitals in England by region is as shown in the table.
Approximate number of hospitals on 31 March 1994 NHS region Approximate number Northern and Yorkshire 230 Trent 115 Anglia and Oxford 120 North Thames 190 South Thames 190 South and West 320 West Midlands 140 North West 135 Total 1,440
Figures include an estimate for incomplete returns.
This information was not available centrally for previous years.