asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many social workers were employed by each local authority in Scotland in December 1974; and if he will relate these figures to establishment levels for each authority.
Figures for each local authority at 31st December 1973, the most recent date for which complete information is available, are contained in table 3.26 of "Scottish Social Work Statistics 1973", which is due to be published later this month. These indicate a total of 2,111 social work staff of headquarters and area offices—wholetime equivalent. Provisional totals for 31st December 1974 indicate an increase of about 20 per cent. over 1973 to 2,530 staff employed. Establishment levels for social work departments are not prescribed centrally.