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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nutritionists the national health service employed in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) England and Wales in each of the last five years for which information is available. 
Ann Keen: The latest published annual national health service workforce census does not separately identify the number of nutritionists who work in the NHS because nutritionists are grouped together with dieticians in the census.
There were 10 dieticians employed by Southend Hospitals NHS Trust in 2006, the latest period for which figures are available. The figures for the previous five years are nine in 2005, 10 in 2004 and six in both 2003 and 2002.
There were 3,413 qualified dieticians employed in the NHS in England in 2006, an increase of 1,240 (57 per cent.) since September 1997. There were 3,407 employed in 2005, 3,235 in 2004, 3,122 in 2003 and 2,906 in 2002.
|NHS hospital and community health services: Qualified dietetics staff in England, East of England Strategic Health Authority and each specified organisation as at 30 September each specified year|
In October 2006 various mergers took place; Colchester PCT and Tendring PCT merged to form North East Essex PCT. Basildon PCT, Thurrock PCT, Billericay, Brentwood and Wickford PCT merged to form South West Essex PCT. Epping Forest PCT, Harlow PCT and Uttlesford PCT merged to form West Essex PCT.
The figures have been aggregated accordingly by the current organisation title.
More accurate validation processes in 2006 have resulted in the identification and removal of 9,858 duplicate non-medical staff records out of the total workforce figure of 1.3 million in 2006. Earlier years figures could not be accurately validated in this way and so will be slightly inflated. The level of inflation in earlier years figures is estimated to be less than 1 per cent. of total across all non-medical staff groups for headcount figures (and negligible for full-time equivalents). This should be taken into consideration when analysing trends over time.
The Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census.
Ann Keen: The information is not available in the format requested. Data on the numbers of pathologists are collected by the Royal College of Pathologists, but are not broken down by coroners districts. Royal College of Pathologists data show that the number of qualified consultant paediatric/perinatal pathologists practising in England in each of the last five years is shown in the following table:
|Number of paediatric/perinatal pathologists|
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons peripheral arterial disease is no longer included in the quality and outcomes framework; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many skin cancer patients were diagnosed where use of sunbed salons was a contributing factor in their condition in each of the last five years for which records are available. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many skin cancer patients have been diagnosed where use of sunbed salons has been a contributing factor in their condition in each of the last five years for which records are available. 
The use of sunbed salons as a contributing factor in skin cancer is not recorded. The most recent available figures for newly diagnosed cases of malignant melanoma of skin registered in England are for the year 2005. Figures for the years 2001 to 2005 are in the following table.
|Registrations of newly diagnosed skin cancer, by sex, England, 2001-05|
|(1) Malignant melanoma of skin is coded to C43 in the International Classification of Diseases Tenth Revision (ICD-10)|
Office for National Statistics
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many girls aged (a) under 16 years and (b) 16 to 17 years became pregnant in (i) the Metropolitan Police area of London, (ii) Birmingham and (iii) England and
Wales in each of the last three years; and how many of those pregnancies were followed by (A) a live birth and (B) abortion. 
The numbers of conceptions to girls under 16 and of conceptions to 16 and 17 year old girls and the percentage resulting in maternity or abortion in each of
the last three years for which data are available (2003-05) in the Greater London Government office region, in Birmingham, in England and in England and Wales are provided in the following table. It also includes information on the under 18 conception rate which shows that the proportion of under 18s becoming pregnant has declined in England by 11.4 per cent. since 1998.
|Number of conceptions to girls under 16||Number of conceptions: girls aged 16 and 17||Under 18 conception rate (per 1,000 of the female population aged 15-17)|
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