§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what policy initiatives he will take concerning the needs of dyslexic children in the schools of Wales; and what is his policy concerning dyslexic children in Wales.
§ Sir Wyn Roberts
It is the responsibility of local education authorities to identify, assess and make appropriate provision for children with special educational needs, including those who are dyslexic. The Welsh Office supports expenditure by local education authorities for the training of designated teachers of special educational needs in ordinary schools and the initial training of educational psychologists, both of which can help children with dyslexia.
Our proposals in the Education Bill to provide new rights and improve the assessment and statementing process will be of benefit to all children with special needs.