Skip to main content

Mentally Handicapped Persons

Volume 885: debated on Tuesday 4 February 1975

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the educational provision available to mentally-handicapped persons accommodated in hospital units.

The great majority of children in hospital receive education in schools or in other accommodation within the hospital complex. Of the older patients who receive further or adult education most do so in the hospital. Guidance was given in a circular from my Department and the Department of Health and Social Security in May 1974 on the education of mentally handicapped children and young people in hospital, including advice on premises and staffing, and I am sending the hon. Member a copy.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many colleges of further education provide courses for mentally-handicapped adults; and what is the number of places available.

We know that a number of colleges make special provision for the mentally handicapped, but I cannot give the precise information for which the hon. Gentleman has asked. In the interests of obtaining a fuller picture and of encouraging the developments that may be needed Her Majesty's Inspectorate are reviewing the situation throughout the country and plan to reinforce their efforts in their inspection programme for the 1975–76 academic year. I understand that the Warnock Committee will be giving attention to the opportunities for handicapped school leavers, including the provision of further education for the mentally handicapped.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what training courses are available to teachers concerned with the educational needs of the mentally handicapped blind.

The one-year course for teachers of the blind at Birmingham University includes specific study of the mentally handicapped blind, and many courses for teachers of the mentally handicapped include consideration of additional handicaps.