§ Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when she now expects the Quirk Report on Speech Therapy will be published; when she expects to implement the recommendations of this report; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
The committee's Report, made jointly to my right[...]on. Friends the Secretaries of State for Social Services, for Scotland and for Wales and myself was published on 17th October. Professor Quirk and his committee have made a thorough examination of the problems facing the speech therapy services and we are most grateful to them for the work and thought which have resulted in this wide-ranging report.388W
The report touches on the interest of many authorities, organisations and professions, either as employers, users or colleagues of speech therapists. My right hon. Friends and I are therefore arranging for the interested bodies to be consulted immediately so that we can take their views into account in reaching decisions on the recommendations of the report.