To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will give for each region the number of nursing and midwifery vacancies and the relevant funded establishment, as found by the latest survey by the regional chairmen;(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of the annual surveys of nursing and midwifery vacancies by regional chairmen for each year since 1979.
The results of the three sample surveys of the number of whole-time equivalent funded nursing and midwifery posts vacant for more than three months at 31 March each year, carried out by the regional chairmen's secretariat on behalf of the review body, were reported in the review body's second, third and fourth reports on nursing staff, midwives and health visitors. (Cmnd. 9529, 9782 and Cm. 129).
I am advised that disaggregation by region would not be statistically valid.