§ Mr. Soames
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of speech therapists required in West Sussex; and how many are in post at present. 
§ Mr. Hutton
Estimates of the number of speech therapists required in West Sussex are not available centrally.
The latest information available is that 60 whole-time equivalent staff, rounded to the nearest ten, are classed as therapists working in the speech and language therapy area of work in West Sussex. West Sussex includes West Sussex Health Authority, Crawley and Horsham National Health Service Trust, Worthing Priority Care NHS Trust, Chichester Priority Care Services NHS Trust, Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust, The Royal Sussex NHS Trust and Mid-Sussex NHS Trust. This information is taken from the Department of Health Annual Non-Medical Workforce Census.