HC Deb 08 February 1951 vol 483 c1920
28. Squadron Leader Burden

asked the Minister of Education what steps he proposes taking to provide adequate school space for mentally retarded children.

Mr. Tomlinson

It is my policy to encourage local education authorities to make increased special school provision for educationally sub-normal children as quickly as possible within the limits of my resources.

Squadron Leader Burden

Will the right hon. Gentleman get in touch with the appropriate authority and ask for a report on the conditions in the borough of Gillingham, which are very bad indeed? Will he endeavour to do something about it?

Mr. Tomlinson

I will look into that matter.

Mr. Somerville Hastings

Can my right hon. Friend give an estimate of the number of children who are not mentally retarded for whom there is a lack of school places at present?