§ Chris Grayling
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS ambulance trusts have stopped recruitment of ambulance staff. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The recruitment of ambulance staff is a local matter and, as such, the Department does not hold this information centrally.
The Department does, however, collect data on the total numbers of ambulance staff recruited. There has been an increase in the total numbers of ambulance staff from 15,280, or 14,480 whole time equivalents employed in 1995, to 16,920 or 16,320 whole time equivalents, employed in 2001.