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Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (General Dentist Services) dentists there were per 100,000 population in (a) England, (b) each NHS region and (c) each health authority in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Hutton: The total number of general dental service (GDS) dentists per 100,000 population in (a) England, (b) each national health service region and (c) each health authority is shown in the table at 30 September for the years 1997 to 2001.
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|Northern and Yorkshire||32||32||33||33||34|
|Calderdale and Kirklees||32||32||32||33||34|
|County Durham and Darlington||25||27||28||28||28|
|East Riding and Hull||24||24||25||27||27|
|Gateshead and South Tyneside||34||36||36||36||36|
|Newcastle and North Tyneside||34||36||37||36||37|
|Bury and Rochdale||33||32||32||30||30|
|North West Lancashire||35||35||37||35||37|
|Salford and Trafford||34||34||34||35||36|
|St. Helens and Knowsley||28||32||31||31||31|
|Wigan and Bolton||30||30||31||32||31|
|Cambridge and Huntingdon(26)||29||29|||||||
|North West Anglia(26)||27||27|||||||
|Barking and Havering||28||29||31||32||34|
|Barnet, Enfield and Haringey||42||43||44||45||45|
|Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich||37||36||37||40||40|
|Brent and Harrow||41||45||41||45||47|
|Camden and Islington||55||55||56||59||59|
|Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow||50||53||54||50||51|
|East London and The City||31||32||31||30||32|
|Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster||57||56||54||53||50|
|Kingston and Richmond||45||45||46||45||46|
|Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham||37||39||35||36||36|
|Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth||42||43||45||44||47|
|Redbridge and Waltham Forest||36||36||40||42||41|
|East Sussex, Brighton and Hove||40||40||41||42||43|
|Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and SE Hampshire||30||32||34||33||35|
|North and Mid Hampshire||33||33||35||36||37|
|Southampton and South West Hampshire||34||37||36||37||36|
|South and West||36||37||38||39||40|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||31||33||34||35||36|
|North and East Devon||37||38||40||40||42|
|South and West Devon||37||36||39||42||43|
(24) Dentists are principals on a HA list, assistants and vocational dental practitioners.
(25) ONS 1997 to 2000 mid year population estimates based on the 1991 census. ONS 2001 mid year population estimates are not yet available, mid year 2000 population estimates are used to calculate the number of dentists working in the GDS per 100,000 population in 2001.
(26) Three HAs: Cambridge and Huntingdon, East Norfolk and North West Anglia were replaced by two HAs: Cambridge and Norfolk in April 1999.
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Ms Blears: Hampshire and Isle of Wight health authority has advised me that there are plans to develop a school of dental hygiene and therapy within Portsmouth university. Proposals to use this facility as a dental access centre are under consideration.
Information on the number of national health service dentists in the former Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire health authority area is shown in the table. Information is not available by constituency.
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|Salaried service of GDS||0|
|PDS dentists only(28)||11|
|Salaried community dentists(29)||30|
|Hospital salaried dentists(29)||30|
(27) The general dental service (GDS) includes principals on a health authority list, assistants and vocational dental practitioners.
(28) The personal dental service (PDS) covers dentists working in the PDS who are not working in the GDS.
(29) Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
1. The number of NHS dentists includes GDS dentists, dentists working in the salaried services of the GDS, hospital and community dentists and PDS dentists.
2. The figures are on a headcount basis rather than whole time equivalent (wte) and take no account of part-time working.
3. Dentists working in more than one dental service are included in each service apart from dentists working in both PDS and GDS who are counted in the GDS only.
4. Dentists working solely in private dentistry are not covered in these figures.
Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to take steps to allow doctors to have experience gained in associate specialist posts taken into account in their progression to consultancy level; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hutton: We have consulted on proposals to amend the European Specialist Qualifications Order (1995), to enable the Specialist Training Authority of the Medical Royal Colleges to take training, as well as qualifications, into account when assessing doctors for entry to the specialist register. There was strong support for our proposals from the medical profession and the amended legislation is currently being prepared. The proposed amendment is designed to facilitate entry to the specialist register for doctors working in the national health service, and may be of benefit to doctors in the non-consultant career grade posts.
We did not specifically consult on the inclusion of experience gained outside formal training posts, as criteria for entry to the specialist register, for the current amendment. However, some responses to consultation indicated that we should consider the inclusion of experience. We accept that there needs to be a proper debate about the issue and we are considering taking forward work to look at the appropriateness of including experience in the longer term. We would not introduce retrospectively approved experience as a criterion for entry to the specialist register without a full debate and consultation about the appropriateness of this with the medical profession.
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