HC Deb 23 November 1972 vol 846 cc453-4W
40. Mrs. Doris Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will initiate studies amongst the present categories of handicapped pupils to establish which special needs have to be met by specialised institutions, and which do not.

Mrs. Thatcher

The decision where to place a handicapped child depends on a variety of personal factors, and it is impossible to generalise about the need for placement in special schools. My Department carries out surveys of children with particular handicaps, in both ordinary and special schools, and my Advisory Committee on Handicapped Children has recently suggested that a pamphlet should be prepared on the integration of handicapped children into ordinary schools.