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Handicapped Children

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will seek to improve the educational facilities for handicapped children.

The Government remain committed to the maintenance and improvement of the quality of all education. Our plans provide for the maintenance of expenditure on special education at its present level and, to the extent that the numbers of handicapped children may fall, scope exists for modest improvements. It is, however, for local authorities to decide how best to deploy the resources available to them.