§ Mr. Hunter
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified and unqualified physiotherapists are practising in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Sackville
At 30 September 1993 there were 10,460 state registered physiotherapists practising in the national health service in England. Legislation provides that for direct employment in the NHS and local authorities, practitioners must be "state registered". No figures are available centrally on the number of physiotherapists practising in the private sector.
Information relating to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are matters for my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Wales and for Scotland and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
Figure rounded to the nearest 10 whole-time equivalents.