Speech Therapists

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th June 1971.

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Photo of Mr Greville Janner Mr Greville Janner , Leicester North West 12:00 am, 10th June 1971

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will issue a circular to local authorities, advising them to appoint speech therapists specifically to treat schoolchildren who suffer from stammering.

Photo of Mr Greville Janner Mr Greville Janner , Leicester North West

Children who stammer often have their lives made miserable by their schoolmates and suffer psychologically, and their condition deteriorates. All their lives they suffer from a disease which some people consider funny but which to the sufferers is very serious indeed. Would the right hon. Lady make some firm effort at school level to have this ailment properly treated by speech therapists, whose job it is to help children who suffer from this unfortunate disease?

Photo of Mrs Margaret Thatcher Mrs Margaret Thatcher Secretary of State for Education and Science, Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science

I agree with a good deal of what the hon. Gentleman says, It is a most unfortunate handicap. There are some 446 speech therapists in the school health service—that was the number in December, 1969—and I am sure that they have this matter well in hand.