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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 13th February 1997.

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Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy , Liverpool Broadgreen 3:31 pm, 13th February 1997

The Leader of the House will recall that I asked him last week when the Secretary of State was to release the official figures for hospital waiting lists in England. May I remind him that we expected the figures to be released on 3 February, but, 10 days later, there is no sign of them? Does the Secretary of State propose to come to the House to make a statement on the figures? Since it became clear that the figures for the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen hospital were being doctored, I have received correspondence from one Liverpool resident who has had his knee operation cancelled three times and who now knows that he will not figure on any official waiting list. Does he accept that while the Prime Minister may make light of fiddling, no one else—certainly no Opposition Member—would agree with such abuses of official figures?