§ Mrs. Curtis-Thomas
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many(a) primary and (b) secondary special schools have been placed on special measures in each year since 1995 in each local education authority. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
[holding answer 17 April 2000]: The number of primary and maintained and non-maintained special schools which have been placed in special measures in each local education authority area since 1995 is contained in tables, copies of which have been placed in the Libraries. While there are some special schools which cater for pupils wholly of primary school age, or wholly of secondary school age, there are many others which cover age ranges bridging part or the whole of the primary and secondary phases. The table does not distinguish between special schools covering the wide number of possible different age ranges. The figures in the table represent those primary and maintained and non-maintained special schools which were inspected by Ofsted during that academic year and deemed to be in need of special measures. In total, of the 609 primary schools that have been in special measures, 382 have so far come out and 41 closed. Of the 122 special schools that have been in special measures, 66 have so far come out and 26 closed.