§ Mr. Edward Davey
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many practising NHS GPs there were per head of population in each constituency in each year between 1987 and 1999; 
(2) what the average number of patients registered with an NHS GP practice was in each constituency in each year between 1987 and 1999. 
§ Mr. Denham
Statistics collected in the Department are largely by health authority, local authority or National Health Service trust, reflecting local lines of responsibility and accountability. The Department publishes a wide range of detail at these levels. Comprehensive information at constituency level could be collected and published only at disproportionate cost.
Unrestricted Principals and Equivalents (UPEs)1 per 10,000, patients of UPEs and residential population2 by health authority— 1996 to 19983 UPEs per 10,000 pop Average list size 1987–19954 1996 5.5 1,885 1997 5.5 1,819 1998 5.5 1,807 1999 5.5 1,845 1UPEs include Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs and PMS Salaried GPs 2ONS mid year population estimates 3General Medical Practitioner data as at 1 October each year 4Comparative detailed data is not available before 1996
1. Based on ONS mid year population estimates
2. Based on patients of UPEs
3. Health authority level data is available in the annual "General and Personal Medical Services Statistics"
Department of Health General & Personal Medical Services Statistics & ONS population census