§ Mr. Swayne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists(a) are practising in southwest Hampshire and (b) have left the NHS in southwest Hampshire in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Blears
The latest information available is for the general dental service (GDS) for Southampton and South West Hampshire Health Authority (HA) area at 30 September 2002. 206 dentists were working in the GDS in Southampton and South West Hampshire HA 703W area at 30 September 2002, six more than in September 2001. Eleven dentists previously practising in the HA area left the GDS in the 12 months to 30 September 2002.
Information is not collected centrally on dentists leaving and joining other dental services, including the personal dental service, community and hospital dental services.