§ Mr. Mitchison
asked the Minister of Health how many doctors were serving in the National Health Service, respectively, as trainee-assistants, as assistants and otherwise as general practitioners at the latest convenient date this year and at comparable dates in each of the last three years.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
The most nearly comparable figures available for England and Wales are as follows:
— Trainee general practitioners Assistants General practitioner principals 1st July, 1952 369 1,689 18,164 1st July, 1953 297 1,596 18,908 1st January, 1954 289 1,628 19,144