§ Mr. Greg Knight
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons employed by or on behalf of the NHS undertake work relating to road traffic matters, including alleged speeding offences of ambulance drivers; and what the annual salary cost thereof to public funds was in 2003–04. 
§ Ms Rosie Winterton
[holding answer 5 May 2004]: The information requested is not collected centrally.
However, the Department is aware that speeding tickets issued to ambulances on emergency journeys are creating extra administration costs in some areas. Officials have already had useful discussions with the Home Office and are working closely with them to provide a workable solution.