§ Mr. Dormand
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the number of places available in public and private schools for maladjusted children in the Northern Region and in England as a whole, respectively; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
The following table shows the number of places taken up by local education authorities in the different types of school in January, 1972:
Area of school places Public sector (special schools and units) Private sector (independent schools) (1) NorthernRegion 276 71 (2) England 8,083 3,225 (1) as percentage of (2) 3.4 2.2
The children placed at schools within a region are not identical with the children placed by the local education authorities within the region. A number of applications from authorities in the North in recent years for special school building projects for maladjusted children have been received and approved.