§ Q9. Mr. Maurice Macmillan
asked the Prime Minister whether he has yet reached a decision about the transfer of responsibility for mentally sub-normal children from the Ministry of Health to the Department of Education and Science; and if he will make a statement.
§ The Prime Minister:
My right hon. Friends the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State for Education and Science have reviewed arrangements for the education and training of mentally subnormal children and are now about to consult the local authority associations and others concerned. A decision about where departmental responsibility for these children should most appropriately lie will be taken when those consultations have been completed.