§ Mrs. Dunwoody
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff were required to work on Christmas day 2001 as a percentage of the normal staffing levels. 
§ Mr. Hutton
Information on the number of national health service staff working or required to work on Christmas day is not collected centrally.
The Department's work force censuses collect the number of staff working for the national health service in England, once a year at 30 September1.1 The Department of Health General and Personal Medical Service (GPMS) Statistics collected the number of staff working in general and personal medical services as at 1 October between 1997 and 1999. The 2000 census and subsequent collections are as at 30 September.