§ Mr. Foster
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) how many handicapped young people eligible to leave school have (a) continued into further education and (b) stayed on at school each year since 1974;
(2) how many handicapped young people have left school in each year since 1974.
§ Dr. Boyson
The only information available within the Department relates to maintained and non-maintained special schools in England, which in January 1980 had 5,586 pupils over the compulsory school age. This is the first year the Department has collected this information. Comparable information is therefore not available for earlier years.