§ Mrs. Iris Robinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many NHS vacancies there are for speech therapists in Northern Ireland. 
§ Mr. Browne
As at 30 September 2002 there were speech and language therapy vacancies amounting to a whole time equivalent (WTE) of 12.5. Speech and language therapy vacancies detailed by the Trust are given in the table.
Trust WTE1 Homefirst Community 5 North and West Belfast 2.5 Sperrin Lakeland 0 Armagh and Dungannon 2 Causeway 1 Mater Hospital 0
allocated a total of £6.6 million across the four Childcare Partnerships. Information regarding allocations to each district council area is not available. Details of Sure Start schemes funded through Childcare Partnerships in financial year 2002–03 are set out in Table 1 below:
Sure Start Scheme Childcare Partnership/ HSS Board Area Inner City South Belfast Eastern Inner City East Belfast Eastern Shankill Eastern Colin Eastern Clan Mor (Falls) Eastern Kids'n'Kin (Ardoyne/Oldpark) Eastern Downpatrick Eastern Lower Ards Peninsula Eastern Newtownabbey Northern Ballysally Northern G-old (Cookstown) Northern Close to Home (Dungannon) Southern Clogher Valley Southern Orana (Newry) Southern Blossom (Portadown) Southern Cherish (Irvinestown) Western Dungiven Western Creevagh/Springtown Western Shantallow Western LAST (Omagh) Western Straband Western
Information on resources allocated by Boards and Trusts for Home Start schemes is also not available on a district council basis. Details of Home Start schemes supported by HSS Trusts in financial year 2002–03 are set out in Table 2 below.
Trust WTE1 United Hospitals Group 0 Craigavon and Banbridge 0 Altnagelvin 0 Foyle (including Westcare) 1 Royal Group of Hospitals 0 Belfast City Hospital 0 Newry and Mourne 0 Craigavon Area Hospital 0 Ulster Hospital 0 Green Park 1 South and East Belfast 0 Total 12.5 1 Whole time equivalent.
The above figures do not include vacancy numbers from Down Lisburn HSS Trust.