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Special Education Needs

Volume 81: debated on Tuesday 25 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he is satisfied that the number of non-teaching assistants in schools is enough to enable sufficient children with special needs to be educated in normal schools.

The responsibility for ensuring that a sufficient number of non-teaching assistants is employed in schools lies with local education authorities. My right hon. Friend has no evidence to suggest that local education authorities are failing to meet this responsibility. Statistics on non-teaching assistants are not collected centrally.