§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of chiropody services in Buckinghamshire. 
§ Ms Blears
Provision of chiropody services in Buckinghamshire is the responsibility of the local health authority.
The NHS Plan contains the commitment to increase staff in the Allied Health Professions (AHP), including Chiropodists and Podiatrists. £3 million was earmarked this year to modernise AHP education and training programmes. Chiropody and podiatry were among the first group of specialities to addressed.