§ Mr. Harvey
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients, by health authority, were readmitted to hospital within one month of their discharge in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Denham
Information for 1998–99 on emergency readmission to hospital within 28 days of discharge was published in tabular form in July 2000 in "Quality and performance in the NHS: NHS Performance Indicators", copies of which are available in the Library. Standardised rates for all health authorities for 1998–99 and for the years 1997–98 and 1996–97 are available on the Department of Health's website, http://www.doh.gov.uk/nhsperformanceindicators/h1pi2000/h1137t.html
Figures for earlier years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.