To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) how many people were (a) wholly and (b) partially state funded for speech and language therapy in 2010; and what estimate he has made of funding that will be provided by his Department in each such category in the remainder of the Comprehensive Spending Review;
(2) which primary care trusts have announced funding reductions for speech and language therapy during the Comprehensive Spending Review period; and what the level was of each such funding reduction;
(3) what the total cost to the public was of funding speech and language therapy in 2010; and what he estimates the cost will be in each year of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
The information requested is not collected centrally. Funding for speech and language therapy is provided within the national health service budget and decided by local NHS organisations. This process provides the means for addressing local needs within the health community, including the provision of speech and language therapy.