§ Mr. Martyn Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will estimate the number of consultants in rehabilitation medicine in post in Wales in December(a) 1980, (b) 1985, (c) 1990 and (d) July 1991, respectively.
§ Mr. Nicholas Bennett
Detailed information concerning medical staff in post, as at 30 September, is collected by means of an annual census. Rehabilitation medicine was not recognised as a speciality for this purpose until the 1990 census and at that date no consultants were formally recognised as working in rehabilitation medicine. This does not mean, however, that no consultants work in this area of medicine, only that they cannot, as yet, be recognised separately. I will write to the hon. Gentleman about how this will happen in future.