§ Mr. Strang
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the latest available estimate of the number of people employed in the National Health Service in Scotland; if he will give the corresponding figures for each of the past five years; and how many were so employed in the first half of the 1980 financial year.395W
§ Mr. Fairgrieve
The figures—whole-time equivalent—are as follows; they do not include general medical and dental practitioners as they are nor employees of the NHS:
Employees 1975 108,709 1976 111,325 1977 111,436 1978 113,800 1979 115,737 1980 118,651
The numbers relate to September in each year; those for 1980 are provisional.