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Welfare Officers

Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the numbers of education welfare officers in Leicestershire and throughout the United Kingdom; what is the full complement in each case; and if he is satisfied that they can adequately carry out their work with their present numbers.

According to the latest available information, which is contained in the Ralphs Report, in 1972, 97 per cent. of some 2,380 established posts were filled. I do not require returns from individual authorities but I am satisfied that they are fully persuaded of the importance of this service and are doing their best to develop it within present financial constraints.