Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of beds are occupied by patients suffering from infections acquired in hospital in each NHS health authority and hospital trust. [141321]

    Mr. Denham: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 21 November 2000, Official Report, columns 163-64W.

    A compulsory national surveillance scheme of hospital- acquired infection is being developed and will be launched in April 2001. Data will be published from April 2002.