HC Deb 20 December 1989 vol 164 c294W
Mr. Home Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many speech therapists are employed in each region and islands area to provide for the needs of speech-impaired children.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

Speech therapy services are provided almost exclusively by health boards and it is unusual for staff to be employed specifically for work with children. The table shows the whole-time equivalent numbers of speech therapists (provisional figures) employed by health boards at 30 September 1989.

Scotland 377.6
Argyll and Clyde 33.0
Ayrshire and Arran 21.5
Borders 11.7
Dumfries and Galloway 16.1
Fige 28.1
Forth Valley 18.2
Grampian 45.5
Greater Glasgow 63.7
Highland 15.5
Lanarkshire 31.8
Lothian 56.4
Orkney 1.0
Shetland 0.7
Tayside 31.3
Western Isles 3.1