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Special Schools

Volume 35: debated on Tuesday 18 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give the amount per student that is being spent on special education in each local authority for the years 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982; and if he will make a statement.

I am writing to the hon. Member setting out detailed information in response to his question.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give the total number of mentally-handicapped children in each local authority who are on waiting lists for special schools and special classes for the last three years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

Returns from local education authorities show a steady fall over the past few years in the number of children, including under-fives, assessed as being educationally subnormal and awaiting places in special schools. The figures for each local education authority are as follows and relate to January in each year. Many of these children receive education in ordinary schools or otherwise while awaiting places in special schools. The Department does not collect information about handicapped children awaiting places in special classes in ordinary schools.

Numbers of Children Ascertained as Educationally Sub-Normal and Awaiting Places in Special Schools
197919801981
Greater London
Barking9108
Barnet42
Bexley7149
Brent498
Bromley342
Croydon111317
Ealing111020
Enfield201512
Haringey33179
Harrow471
Havering443624
Hillingdon1781
Hounslow7102
Kingston-Upon-Thames2109
Merton1218
Newham
Redbridge18117
Richmond-Upon-Thames2
Sutton26
Waltham Forest11625
Inner London683416
West Midlands
Birmingham1819514
Coventry282414
Dudley121210
Sandwell23
Solihull4158

1979

1980

1981

Walsall132
Wolverhampton851

Merseyside

Knowsley221020
Liverpool1931
St Helens91413
Sefton322
Wirral424332

Greater Manchester

Bolton221012
Bury341
Manchester13
Oldham6256
Rochdale1386
Salford2111
Stockport322110
Tameside501050
Trafford171411
Wigan161316

South Yorkshire

Barnsley1233
Doncaster12155
Rotherham
Sheffield9

West Yorkshire

Bradford9910538
Calderdale21
Kirklees13118
Leeds1073530
Wakefield672965

Tyne and Wear

Gateshead889559
Newcastle Upon Tyne14139
North Tyneside5516
South Tyneside112
Sunderland27385

Non-Metropolitan Counties

Isles of Scilly
Avon150128155
Bedfordshire617481
Berkshire231413
Buckinghamshire447271
Cambridgeshire407371
Cheshire128106103
Cleveland43347
Cornwall2146
Cumbria261111
Derbyshire354019
Devon524241
Dorset162518
Durham167175
East Sussex534744
Essex668665
Gloucestershire74226
Hampshire181196148
Hereford and Worcester629683
Hertfordshire31441
Humberside815438
Isle of Wight
Kent429430128
Lancashire969984
Leicestershire154551
Lincolnshire9211274
Norfolk953418
North Yorkshire574143
Northamptonshire525141
Northumberland423015
Nottinghamshire1308294
Oxfordshire17168

1979

1980

1981

Salop122828
Somerset1282996
Staffordshire30823196
Suffolk1039787
Surrey908295
Warwickshire906633
West Sussex11311480
Wiltshire53829

ENGLAND TOTALS

4,215

3,809

2,860

1979

1980

1981

Special Schools82,90182,22883,152
Special classes in maintained primary and secondary schools8,5428,4288,288
Total91,44390,65691,440

The drop in the total number of children in this category is reflected in the reduction in the waiting lists, as shown in the answer to the hon. Member's other question.