§ Mr. Martyn Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on current hospital waiting times in(a) Clwyd and (b) Powys. 
§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
Since 1 April 1996, the residents of Clwyd are the responsibility of North Wales health authority and the residents of Powys are the responsibility of Dyfed Powys health authority.
At 30 September 1996, 95 per cent. of north Wales residents and 93 per cent. of Dyfed Powys residents who were waiting for a first out-patient appointment had been waiting less than six months. In both areas, 99 per cent. of those waiting for in-patient or day-case treatment had waited less than 18 months and no one had waited over two years.