HL Deb 22 March 1982 vol 428 c920WA
Lord Renton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What guidance has been given to local education authorities towards meeting the exceptionally acute special educational needs of children who suffer serious mental handicap combined with multiple handicaps.

Lord Elton

Guidance concerned specifically with this group of children has been given in two circulars:Staffing of Special Schools and Classes (DES 4/73, Welsh Office 47/73) and the Education of Mentally Handicapped Children and Young People in Hospital (DES 5/74, DHSS HSC (IS) 37, Welsh Office 150/74). In addition, the DES has published guidance on the design of schools—Designing for the Severely Handicapped (Design Note No. 10, 1972)—and two booklets about the education of mentally handicapped children—Educating Mentally Handicapped Children (Education Pamphlet No. 60, 1975) and the Education of Children in Hospitals for the Mentally Handicapped (HMI Series: Matters for Discussion 7, 1978). Copies of these publications are available in the Library.