§ Mr. Stunell
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies for general practitioners there were in the Hazel Grove constituency in(a) 1992, (b) 1997 and (c) 2001. 
§ Mr. Denham
The number of vacancies for general practitioners for the Stockport health authority area in 1992, 1997 and 2001 is not available. However the number of general practitioners (GP) in Stockport health authority during this period is as follows:
All practitioners Unrestricted principals and equivalents (UPEs)1 1992 173 150 1997 175 155 2000 192 166
1. General medical practitioners (excluding GP retainers) includes UPEs, restricted principals, salaried doctors (paragraph 52 of Statement of Fees and Allowances) and personal medical service (PMS), others; and UPEs includes general medical services, unrestricted principals. PMS contracted GPs and PMS salaried GPs.
2. GP retainers were collected for the first time in the 1999 census. For comparability they have been excluded from the 2000 figure.
3. There were six GP retainers in Stockport health authority as at 30 September 2000.
Department of Health general and personal medical services statistics
§ Mr. Stunell
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS registered dentists there were in the Hazel Grove constituency in(a) 1992, (b) 1997 and (c) 2001. 
§ Mr. Hutton
Information on the number of dentists is available by health authority rather than by constituency.
Hazel Grove constituency was located in Stockport Family Health Service, Authority (FHSA) at September 1992. From April 1996 Stockport FHSA changed to Stockport health authority (HA).
The number of dentists in the general dental service at 30 September is shown in the table for Stockport FHSA for 1992 and HA for 1997 and 2000.
General Dental Service: Number of dentists by HA at 30 September each year Number of dentists1 1992 Stockport FHSA 107 1997 Stockport HA 113 2000 Stockport HA 114 1 The number of dentists includes principals on a HA list, assistants and vocational dental practitioners