§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give for each year since 1959 the number of nurses employed by the National Health Service, with each year also expressed as a percentage change on the previous year.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
The information is contained in successive volumes of Scottish health statistics published annually by the information and statistics division of the Common Services Agency, copies of which are in the Library. The latest volume published on 20 December 1989 contains information as at 31 March 1989. The provisional figure for 30 September 1989, not yet published, is 42,350.