HC Deb 05 April 1951 vol 486 cc351-2
4. Mr. Hayman

asked the Minister of Education how many defective children in Cornwall are now awaiting places in special schools; and what are the prospects of such places becoming available.

Mr. Tomlinson

In January this year, 212 handicapped pupils were awaiting places in special schools of various types; of these, 147 were educationally subnormal. The authority intend to open by the end of this year a new school for educationally sub-normal pupils which will take 46 boarders and 14 day pupils, and a boarding home for maladjusted girls. They are seeking places in special schools outside the area for the pupils suffering from other types of handicap.

Mr. Hayman

Whilst thanking my right hon. Friend for that answer, may I ask him if he will do all he can to see that special places are available for these children?

Mr. Tomlinson

Yes, Sir.

Brigadier Peto

Would the Minister include children who are partially blind in the classifications he has mentioned?

Mr. Tomlinson

The partially blind are already included in that category.