HC Deb 15 February 1996 vol 271 cc685-6W
Ms Corston

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the average daily number and the number per 1,000 people aged 75 years and over, of (i) occupied geriatric beds, (ii) long-stay beds in NHS nursing homes and (iii) places occupied in(a) local authority residential homes, (b) voluntary residential homes, (c) private residential homes and (d) private nursing homes in England and Wales for the latest year for which information is available. [14660]

Mr. Bowis

The average daily number of available national health service beds for elderly people in England in 1994–95 was 54,040 and the number per 1,000 people aged 75 years and over was 16. Beds in NHS nursing homes are not separately identified. Data on the average daily number of places in residential care homes or private nursing homes are not available centrally. The number of residents at 31 March 1995 and the number per 1,000 people aged 75 years and over are shown in the table.

Information relating to Wales is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

Occupied places in residential and nursing care homes, England, 31 March 1995
All residents in homes for elderly people Residents per 1,000 people aged 75 or over
Local authority residential homes1 55,100 16
Voluntary residential homes1 32,770 10
Private residential homes1 132,740 40
Private nursing homes2 115,550 35


DH Annual Statistical Returns.


1Excluding residents in dual registered homes, who are counted in the nursing homes figure.

2 Predominantly collected as at 31 March 1995.