§ Mr. Denis Murphy
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) female and (b) male trainee nurses have been recruited into the NHS in the last 12 months. 
§ Mr. Hutton
20,021 nurses entered nurse and midwifery training in 2000–01. The breakdown by sex is not collected centrally.
The non-medical work force census records changes in the size and composition of the nursing work force employed in the national health service. In 1999, 31,070 male and 279,080 female nurses were employed in hospital and community health services (HCHS) (the breakdown by sex is not collected for practice nurses). In 2000 there were 32,380 male and 284,370 female HCHS nurses.