§ Mr. Norman
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) nurse vacancies there were in and (b) nurses left the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in each of the last three years; and what was the average level of absenteeism in each of these years. 
§ Ms Blears
Figures on vacancy rates are only available centrally up to 2001. Information for the years 1999–2001 is given as follows:
Progress is being supported by local target setting to increase the representation of people from black and minority ethnic communities, in those sections of the work force were they are currently under-represented.