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Emotional And Behavioural Difficulties

Volume 210: debated on Tuesday 30 June 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to clarify the number of pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties and the provision currently available to them and to assess the effectiveness of such provision.

My right hon. Friend has no such plans. Under the terms of the Education Act 1981, provision is made not for different categories of handicap but for the special educational needs of individul children. Proposals to improve access to the present arrangements for assessments and statements will be brought forward later in the year.