§ Mr. Hicks
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether any additional funds are to be made available to local education authorities specifically for providing for the implementation of the Warnock report recommendations as accepted by Her Majesty's Government; and if he will make a statement.
§ Dr. Boyson
The Warnock committee envisaged that full implementation of its recommendations might stretch towards the end of this century and beyond. The Government have accepted the need to reform the statutory basis on which special educational provision is made and the proposed changes are contained in the Education Bill currently before the House. No specific provision has been made in the Government's expenditure plans because these changes should not give rise to significant additional expenditure.