§ Mr. Byers
To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many conferences his Department has organised to promote the new code of practice for special educational needs; when and where they are to be held; what is the cost for a delegate from a school to attend; and how much additional copies of the information packs on the code of practice will cost.
§ Mr. Forth
The Department, together with the Department of Health, the Welsh Office, the National Children's Bureau and the Council for Disabled Children, arranged six conferences to help disseminate the code of practice on the identification and assessment of special educational needs. The conferences were held in London on 15 June, Manchester on 21 June, York on 24 June, Cardiff on 1 July, Bristol on 5 July and Birmingham on 7 July. The cost of attendance for each delegate was £94.328W Delegates were given an information pack including a copy of the code, the guide for parents and a handbook. Additional copies of the code and the guide for parents can be obtained free; additional copies of the handbook cost £6.50 each.