§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psycho-geriatricians there were in England in each of the last five years; and how many will be in post by 2004. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The information requested is shown in the table.
Hospital medical staff within the old age psychiatry specialty—England at 30 September Number 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 All staff 640 710 760 820 860 of which: Consultants 230 240 270 310 330
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Department of Health medical and dental work force census.
The number of trained specialists in old age psychiatry is projected to increase by at least a third by 2004.