§ Mrs. Ray Michie
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many(a) full-time and (b) part-time speech therapists are currently employed by each health board in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Hanley
Details of the number of speech therapists employed by each health and social services board in Northern Ireland at 31 March 1991 are as follows:
Health and social services board Full-time Part-time Eastern 64 19 Northern 30 13 Southern 20 4 Western 25 1 TOTAL 139 37
Since 1981, the number of speech therapists in Northern Ireland has risen from 118 (whole-time equivalent 100.58) to 176 (whole-time equivalent 158.30) an increase in real terms of 57.38 per cent.