§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the total number of midwifery vacancies in(a) England and (b) the North West Region. 
§ Yvette Cooper
[holding answer 1 March 2000]: The available information is contained in the table.
Department of Health Recruitment, Retention and Vacancies
Survey—Vacancies in NHS Trusts by England and North West
Region: midwives as at 31 March 1999
Whole time equivalents Total vacancies1 3 Month vacancies2 England total 810 370 North West 70 30
1. Posts that Trusts were actively trying to fill at 31 March 1999.
2. Posts that had been vacant for three months or more at 31 March 1999.
3. Figures rounded to the nearest 10.
Department of Health Recruitment, Retention and Vacancies Survey 1999