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Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were employed in the NHS in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002, broken down by health authority. [130955]

The information requested is shown in the table. The 1997 health authority data has been mapped into strategic health authority (SHA) area. SHAs were introduced in 2001.

Norfolk,Suffolk and Cambridgeshire715910
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire541605
South Yorkshire664649
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland632644
Shropshire and Staffordshire638652
Birmingham and The Black Country1,2611,234
Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire720739
North West London864842
North Central London535628
North East London753724
South East London721769
South West London587638
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear699675
County Durham and Tees Valley513566
North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire703651
West Yorkshire1,0381,021
Cumbria and Lancashire1,008985
Greater Manchester1,6831,572
Cheshire and Merseyside1,1731,276
Thames Valley8761,004
Hampshire and Isle of Wight771730
Kent and Medway703660
Surrey and Sussex7281,020
Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire1,1261,091
South West Peninsula751797
Dorset and Somerset427470
Special health authorities and other statutory bodies00