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British Antarctic Survey

Volume 35: debated on Tuesday 18 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what provision he is making to allow an expansion of the British Antarctic Survey's activities in the current financial year.

To allow for expansion of the BAS programme, I am increasing the Natural Environment Research Council's cash limit for 1982–83 by £0·5 million. This increase is offset by savings available elsewhere in my programme. The new cash limits are:

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many mentally-handicapped children for 1979, 1980 and 1981 were receiving education in special schools and special classes; and if he will make a statement.

Returns for local education authorities show the followin numbers of educationally subnormal pupils in special schools and special classes in England in January of each of the years:

£'000 Cash
Present Cash limitRevised Cash limit
Vote 4
Educational Services115,225114,725
Vote 8
Natural Environment Research Council57,53558,035
Additional provision for the cash limit increase will be sought by means of a spring Supplementary Estimate.