§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many senior registrars are in post in each specialty; and how many have been given consultants posts in each of the last five years. 
§ Mr. Milburn
Copies of the information requested will be placed in the Library. On 1 April 1996, the Specialist Registrar (SpR) grade was introduced. Existing registrars and senior registrars were given the option to enter the SpR grade. Since 1 April 1997, those Senior House Officers who are eligible and wish to enter higher specialist medical training have been able to do so only by entering the SpR grade.