§ Tim Loughton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many practice nurses worked in general practice surgeries in each of the last five years; and what were their full-time working equivalents. 
§ Mr. Hutton
Figures showing the number (headcount) and whole-time equivalent for practice nurses employed by unrestricted principals and equivalents in each of the last five years are shown in the table.
Practice nurses employed by unrestricted principals and
equivalents (UPEs)1 as at 1 October 1996–99 and 30 September
Headcount2 Whole-time equivalent 1996 17,900 9,820 1997 18,390 10,080 1998 18,890 10,360 1999 19,500 10,690 2000 19,200 10,710 1UPEs includes GMS unrestricted principals, PMS contracted GPs and PMS salaried GPs. 2Headcount data were not collected in 1998 and 1999; data for these years have been estimated from whole-time equivalents (wte) using the 1997 wte to headcount ratio.
Data are rounded to the nearest ten.
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.