§ 34. Mr. John Wells
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when she expects to be in a position to implement the proposals of the Quirk Report on Speech Therapy; and which proposals these are.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
My right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Social Services, Scotland and Wales and I have now accepted the committee's recommendations that speech therapy services should be unified and that they should in future be organised under area health authorities in England and Wales and under health boards in Scotland. Officials of the four Departments are meeting to discuss how these decisions should most effectively be implemented and to consider the other recommendations in the Quirk Report which call for action by the Government.