§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many audiologist posts are(a) unfilled and (b) filled by temporary appointees in NHS audiology 1405W departments in England; and what percentage of the total number of audiologist posts each of these figures represents. 
§ Mr. Hutton
Information is not collected separately on vacancies for audiologists; they are included within the physiological measurement area of work. Information is collected in the national health service vacancy survey on the number of vacancies lasting three months or more. As at March 2003, 66, or 1.9 per cent. of physiological measurement posts were vacant for three months or more, a fall from 2.1 per cent. in the previous year.
Information on the number of posts currently filled by temporary appointees is not collected centrally.