HC Deb 26 June 1973 vol 858 cc289-90W
22. Mr. Dormand

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will now institute an inquiry into the whole field of special education.

Mrs. Thatcher

A lot is already being done for special education. As well as reports on specific aspects of special education I have had the continuing advice of my advisory committee. In 1971 I accepted in full the proposals it made for research. The average level of special school building programmes in 1972–75 will be 45 per cent. higher in real terms than in the previous three years. I have issued a circular on the staffing of special schools and others are in course of preparation. Against this background I am considering whether any further inquiry is necessary or advisable.