§ 93. Mr. HARRIS
asked the President of the Board of Education what are the exceptional circumstances referred to in paragraph 6 of Circular 1388 that would justify expenditure on new special schools or the enlargement of existing ones; whether he has in mind the absence of facilities for the training of blind, crippled, or mentally defective children; and whether he can define more closely what circumstances he would consider so exceptional as to justify such expenditure?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Lord Eustace Percy)
If the hon. Member will look at paragraph 6 of the Circular he will see that the reference to exceptional circumstances relates only to special schools for mentally defective children. I do not want to pre- judge applications which I may receive from local authorities by any attempt to limit in advance the interpretation of the word "exceptional."