§ Mr. Paul Marsden
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there are per 100,000 people in(a) England and (b) each health authority. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The most recent information available on the ratio of general practitioners to population is for 2001. This is shown in the table.
Strategic health authority name All practitioners 1 per 100,000 population England 64.7 Cheshire and Merseyside 65.9 County Durham and Tees Valley 62.1 Cumbria and Lancashire 63.0 Greater Manchester 61.3 North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire 66.6 Northumberland, Tyne and Wear 66.8 South Yorkshire 64.4 West Yorkshire 67.6 Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire 62.8 Birmingham and the Black Country 63.1 Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire 64.8 Essex 53.5 Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland 58.7 Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire 66.6 Shropshire and Staffordshire 57.3 Trent 61.5 North Central London 69.4 North East London 60.6 North West London 68.7 South East London 62.3 South West London 64.5 Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire 72.1 Hampshire and Isle of Wight 66.0 Kent and Medway 59.7 Dorset and Somerset 76.2 South West Peninsula 76.7 Surrey and Sussex 65.1 Thames Valley 66.7 1 All practitioners includes: UPEs, restricted principals, assistants, GP registrars, GP retainers, salaried doctors (para 52 SFA) and PMS others.
Population rates based on 2001 resident estimates.
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.
ONS 2001 Population Census.