HC Deb 06 February 1969 vol 777 c139W
14. Mr. Rose

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) how many units and places exist for autistic children in the United Kingdom; and how many of these are in the North-West of England;

(2) what proportion of autistic children are being taught in special units specialising in this field.

Mr. Denis Howell

I would refer my hon. Friend to the Written reply to his earlier Questions on 19th December, 1968, and to the Adjournment debate of 10th December, 1968, from which the House will know that autism is not a defined handicap and that I have undertaken to consider the whole question of categories of handicap and their definition in connection with the new Education Bill.—[Vol. 775, c. 439–440. Vol. 775, c. 381–392.]

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