§ Mr. Donald Stewart
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many speech therapists are employed in the National Health Service in Scotland; and how this compares with 10 years ago.
§ Mr. Younger
In September 1979 there were, in terms of whole-time equivalent staff, 258.2 speech therapists employed in the National Health Service in Scotland. Direct comparison with 1969 is not possible since before reorganisation of the NHS in 1974 many speech therapists were employed by education authorities. However, in September 1969, 33 speech therapists were based in hospitals: there were 80.5 similarly based in September 1979.