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Local Authority Funding

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what were the subsidies paid from public funds in 1979–80 at 1979 survey prices in respect of local authority funding for non-handicapped pupils, local authority funding for handicapped pupils in non-maintained ordinary schools and local authority funding for handicapped pupils in non-maintained special schools and places at direct grant schools.

In the financial year 1978–79—the latest for which figures are available—expenditure by local education authorities in England and Wales was, for non-handicapped pupils at direct grant and independent establishments £36 million, for handicapped pupils at non-maintained establishments—other than direct grant schools—£44 million, and for handicapped pupils at direct grant schools £3 million. The figure of £44 million relates mainly to education in special schools. No figures are available for the education of handicapped children at ordinary independent schools.