HC Deb 06 July 1993 vol 228 c115W
11. Mr. Alan Howarth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trained social workers are currently employed by local authority social services departments.

Mr. Bowis

From the latest information available—"Local Authority Social Services Statistics: Staff of Local Authority Social Services Departments 30 September 1991: England"—there are some 25,500 whole-time equivalent field social work posts in local authorities—an increase of 36 per cent. over the 10 years to 1991—with about 90 per cent. professionally qualified.

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