§ Mrs. Chalker
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what plans he has to so register speech therapists that their services do not attract 8 per cent. value added tax where their services are employed privately to deal with specialist difficulties and in areas where National Health Service and educational provision is inadequate.
§ Mr. Deakins
None. It is the wish of the professional body concerned to remain outside the scope of the legislation currently providing for statutory registration of health service practitioners, and new legislation setting up a statutory register of speech therapists could not be justified solely to give exemption from liability to charge value added tax to those few private speech therapists whose taxable supplies exceed £7,500 a year.