§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will make a statement concerning the facilities for the education in schools for colleges of further education of handicapped children over the age of 16 years.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
A local education authority has a duty to see that facilities for full-time education are available either in a school or institution of further education for all those between the ages of 16 and 19 who want to continue their education, but nobody has an unqualified right to a place in one rather than the other.
§ Mr. van Straubenzee
There are no secondary schools for deaf children in Staffordshire. The all-age school at Stoke-on-Trent has about 40 deaf children of secondary school age. Some Staffordshire children attend schools for the deaf in Birmingham and Derby.