HC Deb 22 May 1972 vol 837 cc291-2W
Mr. Carter-Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will, wherever possible, make facilities for disabled children to receive their education in the company of the physically able; and if she will make a statement.

Mrs. Thatcher

It is long-standing policy that no handicapped pupil who can be satisfactorily educated in an ordinary school should be sent to a special school. Advice was given in 1966 on the measures needed to give effect to this policy and this advice was renewed in August, 1970. There are at present more physically handicapped pupils in ordinary schools than in special schools. The sheltered environment of a special

(2) whether she will call for a report on the effects of central heating on works of art in public collections without adequate atmospheric control;

(3) whether she will call for a report on the over-exposure of light-sensitive works of art in collections in public ownership.

Mr. van Straubenzee

No. The effects of environmental conditions on the collections in museums and galleries are already well documented. The governing bodies of those national institutions for which my right hon. Friend has responsibility are well aware of the problems through the advice of their curatorial and scientific staff.

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