§ Mr. Hannam
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much money has been allocated for in-service training of teachers to deal with children with special educational needs; whether his Department monitors the use of that money; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
The main financial responsibility for in-service training lies with local education authorities. The Department does not monitor their expenditure on in-service training subject by subject.
My right hon. Friend intends to introduce in 1983–84 a limited scheme of in-service training grants in certain specified fields. Training of teachers to deal with children with special educational needs may be one of these fields.