§ Q32. Mr. John Hunt
asked the Prime Minister if she is satisfied with the co-ordination between the Department of Education and Science and the Department of Health and Social Security in respect of provision for handicapped school leavers; and if she will make a statement.
§ The Prime Minister
The responsibility for securing provision for handicapped school leavers rests in the first place with the local authorities exercising their education and social service functions. The Government have already drawn attention to the need for more local coordination in its White Paper "Special Needs in Education" (Cmnd. 7996) published in August 1980.
Both Departments are in regular communication about this and other aspects of provision for handicapped young people.