§ Dr. Harris
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of(a) the number of inquiries to the Nursing Recruitment Hotline since its inception and (b) the number of nursing vacancies in the NHS for each month since May 1997. 
§ Mr. Denham
As at 23 February 1999, the number of inquiries to the National Health Service telephone response line for the national nursing recruitment campaign was 36,515. Based on various figures from various sources, there are probably in the region of 9,000 vacancies lasting three months or longer.