asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many nurses (i) entered and (ii) left the nursing profession in the last year for which figures are available in (a) the Burnley. Pendle and Rossendale health authority, (b) the North Western regional health authority and (c) the National Health Service in England and Wales.
I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Walsall, South (Mr. George) on 22 April at column 625.No information is available on the number of qualified nurses and midwives entering and leaving the nursing profession in the North-Westen regional health authority and the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale health authority. It would not necessarily be correct to estimate the number on the basis of the figures for England as a whole produced by the Institute of Manpower Studies.