§ Ms. Walley
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many speech therapist posts there are in the North Staffordshire district health authority, how many are vacant; and what is the waiting time between referral and an appointment.
§ Mr. Newton
This information is not available centrally. Staff-in-post figures for qualified speech therapists in North Staffordshire district health authority as at 30 September are shown in the table:
Whole lime equivalent 1985 19.4 1986 19.7
The hon. Member may wish to write to the chairman of North Staffordshire health authority for the information she requires.