HC Deb 12 December 1972 vol 848 c76W
41. Mr. Montgomery

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many social workers are now employed by local health authorities, and how far this number falls short of his estimate of the overall requirement.

Mr. Alison

On 30th September 1971, the latest date for which figures are available, 46 whole-time and 50 part-time staff in England. No estimate of overall requirement is possible in isolation from the requirement of the local authority social services, on whom, under the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970, the authorities' social work responsibilities generally rest.