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Midwives: Training

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwifery training places there were in each English region in each of the last five academic years. (184901)

A table which shows how many midwifery training places there were in each strategic health authorities in each of the last five academic years has been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to his Department of training student midwives was in each year since 2004-05. (186952)

[holding answer 18 February 2008]: The total estimated cost of training student midwives for each year since 2004-05 is set out in the following table.

Financial year

Total cost (£ million)

2004-05

79.4

2005-06

82.2

Notes:

(i) 2004-05 and 2005-06 are forecasts. No data are available for 2006-07 onwards.

(ii) Data in the above time series are not strictly comparable due to changes in the way data were collected.

(iii) Average bursary costs for nurses and midwives have been added to tuition costs from 2004-05 onwards.