HC Deb 10 April 1973 vol 854 c239W
30. Mr. Hardy

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the number of children between the ages of 5 and 16 years who should attend schools providing special and remedial education but who are unable to do so because the existing number of places in such schools is inadequate.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

There were 13,557 children between the ages of 5 and 16 awaiting admission to special schools—other than hospital schools— in January 1972. The great majority of these children will be receiving help in an ordinary school until a place in a special school becomes available.