§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many persons were directly employed as staff in the National Health Service for the whole of Wales in(a) 1979, (b) 1984, (c) 1987 and (d) the latest available date.
§ Mr. Grist
The whole-time equivalents of staff directly employed by the NHS in Wales, including the Welsh Health Common Services Authority, is given in the table:
Staff in post as at 30 September Numbers 1979 50,320 1984 54,528 1987 55,882 19891 55,679 1 Provisional.
These figures are not adjusted to take into account the change in nurses' hours from 40 to 37.5 in 1980.