§ Mr. Hurst
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were employed by the national health service in(a) the county of Essex in each year from 1990 to 1997 and (b) the county of Essex and the unitary authorities of Southe nd-on-Sea and Thurrock in each year from 1998 to 2003. 
§ Dr. Ladyman
The information requested is shown in the tables. The figures have not been provided for 1990–94 as they are incomparable with later years because of the way data was collected.
National health service hospital and community health services:
Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff including
practice nurses employed by unrestricted principals and
equivalents (UPEs)1 in each specified health authority as at
30 September2 each specified year
Headcount 1995 1996 Total specified health authorities 8,152 7,879 QAX North Essex HA 4,872 4,625 QAY South Essex HA 3,280 3,254 1UPEs include QMS unrestricted principals, PMS contracted GPs and PMS salaried GPs. 2 Practice nurse data is estimated at 1 October. Source: Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census
access to dental services. The mobile clinics operate under the community dental service (CDS) and the personal dental service (PDS).
Information is not collected centrally on CDS mobile dental services. Currently, there are two PDS pilots that operate solely from mobile units and a further 13 which use mobile units as an outreach service. Details of these are shown in the table.1195W
Mobile PDS pilots Commissioning primary care trust (PCT) Hull and East Riding Personal Dental Service Eastern Hull PCT North and East Devon Personal Dental Service Mid Devon PCT Northamptonshire Dental Access Centre Northamptonshire Heartlands PCT Plymouth Personal Dental Service Plymouth PCT Shropshire Personal Dental Service Shropshire Country PCT Solihull Personal Dental Service Solihull PCT Southampton and South West Hampshire PDS Southampton City PCT Swindon and Wiltshire Dental Access Centre Kennet and North Wiltshire PCT Vauxhall Personal Dental Service North Liverpool PCT Worcestershire Dental Access Centre South Worcestershire PCT