§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many(a) general practitioners and (b) dentists there are in the NHS in North Wales. 
Mr. Jon Owen Jones
The latest available data show that there were 435 general medical practitioners in the North Wales health authority area at 1 October 1997, of which 409 were unrestricted principals. There were 209 general dental practitioners at 30 September 1998, of which 198 were principals.
In future this will become the responsibility of the National Assembly.