§ Mr. Parkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many handicapped persons aged between 16 and 19 years are receiving full-time education in England and Wales; and if he has any information about how many are unable to find places in suitable schools and centres.
§ Mr. Armstrong
In January 1973 the number of pupils aged 16 and over in special schools was 5,477; and 600 full-time students between the ages of 16 and 20 were in establishments for the further education and training of the handicapped in January 1974. The numbers of young people with varying degrees of handicap in ordinary schools and colleges of further education are not known, nor the number unable to find suitable places.