§ Mr. Molson
asked the Minister of Education what steps she is taking to meet the shortage of accommodation in the public care of mentally and physically defective children.
§ Miss Wilkinson
I am issuing a circular, of which I will send the hon. Member a copy, asking local education authorities as a matter of urgency to consider making additional boarding special school provision for educationally sub-normal and maladjusted children. Authorities have already been asked to include in their782W development plans proposals for dealing with physically handicapped and delicate children. As regards mentally defective children who are ineducable, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health gave on 25th October to the hon. and gallant Member for Henley (Sir G. Fox), of which I am sending him a copy.