§ 44. Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is satisfied with the progress that has been made in relation to integration of those with special educational needs into ordinary schools and colleges.
§ Dr. Boyson
Returns for January 1982 show an increase of 3,151 in the number of handicapped children registered as pupils in ordinary classes or in designated special classes or units in ordinary schools in England, over the figures for January 1981. Details were given in the answer to the right hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent, South (Mr. Ashley) earlier today. The Department does not collect comparable statistics for further education. It is known, however, that in recent years colleges have increasingly been making provision for students with physical and mental handicaps.