To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) how many people attended an accident and emergency department in England in each quarter since March 2000;
(2) what the average percentage of patients seen in under four hours from arrival at an accident and emergency department to admission, transfer or discharge has been in each quarter since March 2000.
Data on the number of attendances and the percentage of patients seen in four hours or less in accident and emergency departments are available on the Department's website at www.performance.doh.gov.uk/hospital activity/index.htm.
Data for each quarter from 2001–02 for A&E attendances and for each quarter from quarter 2, 2002–03 for patients seen in less than four hours are available in the Library. Prior to this, information was published annually in Outpatient and Ward Attenders, England", copies of which are also available in the Library.