§ Sir Geoffrey Finsberg
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many general practitioners were 604W employed in his Department's headquarters as at 31 December 1983; and what were the corresponding figures on 31 December 1978.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
There were the whole-time equivalent of 124½ medical staff employed in the Department's headquarters on 3 January 1984. The corresponding figure for 2 January 1979 was 149. These are the nearest dates for which figures are available. These officers are members of the medical civil service. I regret that the precise number of these who were previously general practitioners at some stage in their careers is not readily available.