HC Deb 24 February 1971 vol 812 c145W
Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many private, fee-paying schools for mentally retarded children exist in Scotland; how many children attend them; how many of the schools are officially registered; and how often they are inspected by official Government inspectors.

Mr. Gordon Campbell

Of the schools registered in the Register of Independent Schools, nine, with about 430 places, cater for children suffering from some degree of mental retardation. One of the schools is provisionally registered. Independent schools are specially inspected as often as necessary before final registration is granted. Thereafter, for obvious reasons, they are not inspected at stated intervals but as often as staff resources permit and when any particular question arises.