§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will give the number of immigrant children entering the London Borough of Newham since July; and to what extent consideration is being given in her Department to the need to spread immigrant children to schools in areas where there is no immigration problem.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
I understand from the Newham local education authority that since the beginning of July, 366 immigrant children of school age have entered the borough, of whom 118 were refugees from Uganda. The Uganda Resettlement Board hopes to persuade refugees to avoid areas where the social services including education, are already under strain, but it cannot direct them to do so.