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Speech Therapists

Volume 168: debated on Wednesday 28 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) if he will list the numbers of speech therapists employed by each local education authority in England (a) in total, (b) by category of employment and (c) as a figure per 100,000 of the population of the appropriate local education authority area, listing the local education authority areas in the last case in descending order;(2) if he will take steps to increase the number of speech therapists who are employed within the education service.

District health authorities are responsible for the provision of speech therapy services to local education authorities. It is for local education authorities to decide whether in addition they make available any provision from their own resources. Information about the number of speech therapists employed by local education authorities is not available centrally.