§ Mr. Ronnie Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered mental nurses were employed by Northumberland Health Authority in each year since 1994; and what was the percentage change in each year. 
§ Mr. Milburn
It is not possible separately to identify registered mental health nurses from other qualified nurses working in the mental health area of work in the Department of Health's annual non-medical workforce census. The figures for all qualified nurses working in the mental health area of work are in the table.152W
National Health Service Hospital and Community Health Services qualified nurses working in the mental health area of work employed by Northumberland Health Authority as at 30 September 1996. Year Whole-time equivalents 1994 270 1995 290 1996 270 Percentage change 1994–95 1— 1995–96 -6.3 1 Not applicable. 1. Whole-time equivalents are rounded to the nearest ten; per cent. changes were calculated using unrounded figures. 2. Due to the introduction of new occupation codes in 1995, figures for 1995 and 1996 are not directly comparable with earlier years.
Department of Health annual non-medical workforce census.