§ Mr. Ronnie Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many staff have been employed by the Northumberland ambulance service for each year since 1979; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Currie
Figures on a comparable basis are not held centrally for the years prior to 1982, due to the NHS reorganisation in that year. Such information as is available is given in the table.
NHS Ambulance Staff (including ambulance officers) employed at Northern Regional Health Authority Headquarters and Headquarters Units At 30 September Whole time equivalents1 1982 657 1983 661 1984 616 1985 591 1986 596 Source: DHSS annual census of NHS non-medical manpower. Note: 1 Figures are rounded to nearest whole-time equivalent.