§ Mrs. Ray Michie
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many(a) full-time and (b) part-time speech therapists are currently employed by each Welsh health district board; and if he will make a statement.296W
§ Mr. Nicholas Bennett
The information requested is given in the following table:
Number of staff in post as at 30 April 1991 District health authority Full-time Part-time Pembrokeshire 4 3 Clwyd 18 10 East Dyfed 12 3 Gwent 16 5 Gwynedd 9 3 Mid Glamorgan 19 4 Powys 6 3 South Glamorgan 26 10 West Glamorgan 8 5
There has been a significant and welcomed increase in the number of speech therapists employed by district health authorities in Wales since this Government took office. Since 1979 the number of whole-time equivalent speech therapists employed has increased from 65 to 154, an increase of 137 per cent.