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Volume 29: debated on Thursday 28 October 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many National Health Service consultants held whole-time contracts and how many held part-time contracts in each year since 1970, breaking down each year's figures first by region and secondly by specialty.

The information requested by the hon. Member is set out in regional table 3 and national table 7(a)of "Statistics of Hospital Medical Staff—England and Wales", published annually by the statistics and research division of my Department, copies of which have been placed in the Library.There have been changes to the categories in which the data was presented over the period in question and I shall write to the hon. Member outlining these changes.