§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if, in view of educational research studies that emphasise that Wales has a higher and disproportionate number of pupils in its schools from low social backgrounds, poor housing, familial distress and unemployment, he will take steps to ensure that such pupils are not educationally disadvantaged.
§ Mr. Michael Roberts
The proportion of socially disadvantaged pupils varies considerably between areas. Local eduction authorities whose duty it is to see that suitable educational provision is available are well aware of the correlation between social disadvantage and levels of educational attainment and of the need to minimise the impact of the one on the other.