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To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) what estimate he has made of the number of health visitors in Sure Start children centres in each year since 2009;
(2) how many new training places for health visitors his Department has created in the last 12 months;
(3) how many health visitors have been appointed to (a) existing and (b) newly created posts in 2011 to date.
There are currently 545 health visitors in training, due to complete their courses in summer 2011.
There are 1,828 health visitor training commissions planned nationally for the 2011-12 academic year.
Information relating to numbers of health visitors who: were appointed to existing posts in 2011; were appointed to newly created posts in 2011; and were based in Sure Start Children's Centres in 2009, 2010 and 2011, is not collected centrally.