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Special Needs Education

Volume 204: debated on Friday 21 February 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the most recent figure for annual expenditure on services for children with special needs.

In 1989–90, the latest year for which actual spending information is available, school-based expenditure in special schools in England was some £688 million. Expenditure in primary and secondary schools on services for children with special needs attending such schools is not collected separately. The figure for special schools does not include costs of services such as child guidance and educational psychology provided centrally by local education authorities, nor of LEAs' central administration to support special education, as these costs were not apportioned between services in LEAs' expenditure returns.