Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many speech therapists qualified for teaching children with special educational needs are in practice in each local education authority in England. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: This information is not collected centrally. Under the Standards Fund, grant support is available to local education authorities to help them enhance speech and language therapy services in conjunction with the NHS and voluntary sector. We have also supported the work of the charity I-CAN on creating a joint professional development framework for teachers and speech and language therapists, to be published shortly.
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