To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many emergency calls were made to the ambulance service in each region in each of the last five (a) years and (b) new year periods; and how many of these calls were for alcohol-related health problems in each case.
Information on the number of emergency calls made to the ambulance service in each region between 2002-03 and 2006-07 (the latest data available) can be found in the following table:
|Emergency calls received|
|East of England||436.2||492.1||543.3||581.1||625.6|
|South East Coast||403.3||436.1||460.3||493.0||494.4|
|Isle of Wight||11.1||11.8||13.0||13.4||13.3|
The information in the table is taken from the latest Statistical bulletin "Ambulance Services, England 2006-07", published by the Information Centre. The data are split by ambulance trust configuration at
There is no defined 'new year' period in the collection of the number of emergency calls. Information on the number of emergency calls that were alcohol-related is not collected centrally.