§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the current output of qualified chiropodists; what is the comparable figure for one year previously; and what action he is 67W taking to expand numbers, in view of shortages being experienced by some local authorities.
§ Sir K. Joseph
In 1972, 141 chiropodists successfully qualified from approved training courses in Great Britain, as compared with 143 in 1971 and 111 in 1970. Future numbers should reflect the recent substantial increase in the annual intake of students from 162 in 1967 to 250 in 1972 but I am keeping the situation under review in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science.