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Human Cloning: Expert Advisory Group

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Hayman): We hope to be able to announce both the terms of reference and membership of the Chief Medical Officer's expert advisory group on cloning shortly. We intend to ensure that an appropriate range of expertise is represented on the group and that this is achieved in accordance with the guidelines from the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser The Use of Scientific Advice in Policy Making published in March 1997. Copies of those guidelines are available in the Library.

Consultant Obstetricians in the NHS

Baroness Cumberlege asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many consultant obstetricians are currently employed in the National Health Service; and how many were employed in 1994 and in 1989.[HL3634]

Baroness Hayman: The information requested is shown in the table.

Hospital Medical Consultants in Obstetrics & Gynaecology specialties--Whole time equivalents
United Kingdom

Obstetrics & Gynaecology9401,0501,220


Figures given are the number of whole-time equivalent consultant obstetricians and gynaecologists. Separate figures for obstetricians are not available as consultants train in both specialties.

Figures are rounded to nearest 10.

England, Wales and Scotland figures are at 30 September each year, Northern Ireland at March 1989, March 1994 and December 1998.


Department of Health Hospital and Community Health Services Medical and Dental Workforce Census and Department of Health and Social Services Northern Ireland.

Midwives in the NHS

Baroness Cumberlege asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many midwives (whole time equivalent) are currently employed in the National Health Service and what grades; how many were employed in 1994 and in 1989 and on what grades; and what is the age profile of the current midwifery workforce.[HL3633]

Baroness Hayman: The available information is shown in the following table.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Midwifery staff by grade and age, in the United Kingdom, as at 30 September 1998
Whole time equivalents

Under 2525-2930-3435-3940-4444-4950-5455-5960-6565+Unknown
United Kingdom Total24,0707202,4204,7705,0903,7102,8102,5001,23025010560
England Total(1)19,1105001,9403,6803,9502,9402,2702,0701,00019010560
Registered Midwife: Maternity Services18,1303701,6103,4603,8002,8602,2402,05099019010560
Registered Midwife: Education Staff40--*2010****----*
Pre-registration Learner180206040302010*----*--
Post 1st level registration learner730110260160110602010*----*
Post 2nd level registration learner30101010***----------
Scotland Total(1)2,9906024066071048034029017040----
Grade I20......................
Grade H80......................
Grade G910......................
Grade F750......................
Grade E1,220......................
Grade D10......................
Wales Total1,05010702202501801401106010----
Northern Ireland(1)9201501702101801106030*10----


(1). Information by grade for England has not been collected since the introduction of the new occupation codes structure in 1995.

(1). Scotland data are provisional, and comprise hospital and community midwives and combined duty nurses working in midwifery.

(1). Northern Ireland figures are December 1998, and comprise the number of staff at midwife or student midwife grades, and may include bank staff or those on permanent contracts.

(1). Grade breakdowns for Wales and Northern Ireland are not available.

(1). Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

(1). Due to rounding, totals may not equal the sum of component parts.

(1). The following symbols have been used; * = Five or fewer and greater than zero, -- = zero, .. = not available.


Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census.

ISD Scotland National Manpower Statistics.

National Assembly for Wales.

Northern Ireland Personnel Information Management System.

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