§ Tim Loughton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters he has received from(a) hon. Members and (b) NHS trust chief executives regarding the need to employ agency staff to cover vacancies. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The Department has received 59 letters from hon. Members and 15 from members of the public concerning issues around the use of agency staff between April 2002 and March 2003. It is not possible to separately identify letters from trust chief executives.