HC Deb 26 July 1951 vol 491 c97W
Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Minister of Education what is the dividing line laid down in his regulations between a subnormal child and an uneducable child; and what examination is used to determine this line of division.

Mr. Tomlinson

The dividing line is not prescribed by Regulations. Under Section 57 of the Education Act, 1944, the local education authority must report to the local health authority all children found to be incapable of receiving education at school. The authority must have the child examined by a medical officer approved by me for the purpose, and must also consider any information obtainable from teachers or other persons who know the child. If the parent objects to the child being reported he has a statutory right to refer the matter to me, and in cases of doubt I arrange for the child to be examined by one of my medical officers.

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