§ Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients' hospital discharge was delayed while awaiting community care packages in(a) Greater London and (b) each London borough in each of the last six years. 
§ Dr. Ladyman
[holding answer 18 March 2004]Data on delayed discharges are not collected on the basis of awaiting community care services. All available information on delayed transfers of care since 1997 are available in the Library, including the latest figures for 2003–04, Quarter 3 (December 2003).