§ Mr. Chris Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the fortnightly figures for the managing winter pressures reports since November 1996(a) by health authority and (b) by region. 
§ Mr. Horam
These reports are produced informally to reflect rapidly changing conditions as experienced in regions. They are for internal discussion and advice only and are not intended to replace the statistically valid data which the national health service executive publishes every quarter. These give a reliable indication of the performance of the NHS.