To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pharmacists will complete training in the current year; and how many have completed training in each of the past five years. 
To qualify as a pharmacist students are required to gain a pharmacy degree, successfully complete a one-year period of pre-registration practice based training and pass the registration examination. In 2001, the most recent year for which collated information is available, the intake of new students to schools of pharmacy in Great Britain was 15 per cent. higher than in 1997. The numbers of pharmacy degrees awarded by those schools over the same period are shown in the following table.