§ Mr. Thurnham
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children with special educational needs are currently at schools(a) in the north-west and (b) in the Bolton education authority area; and what is the cost to the authority of providing the special education which they need.
§ Mr. Alan Howarth
The number of pupils with special educational needs in maintained schools in(a) the north-west and (b) Bolton in January 1989 were as follows:
North-West Bolton (i)Pupils in maintained special schools 15,209 464 (ii)Pupils with statements of special educational needs in maintained ordinary schools 6,375 124
Information on the cost of special education which relates directly to the above figures is not available centrally.