Mentally Handicapped Children (Occupation Centres)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st April 1957.

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Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East 12:00 am, 1st April 1957

asked the Minister of Health how many occupational centres for mentally handicapped children there were in 1951; and how many there are now.

Photo of Mr John Vaughan-Morgan Mr John Vaughan-Morgan , Reigate

At the beginning of 1951, the total number of occupation centres for all age groups was 181. Today it is 305. Most of the centres take children up to the age of 16.

Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East

Whilst appreciating that the Government have made special concessions for these centres, does the Minister think there is need for more, and, if so, what action is he proposing to take to continue the valuable trend disclosed by his reply?

Photo of Mr John Vaughan-Morgan Mr John Vaughan-Morgan , Reigate

The need for developing these training facilities is regarded as of exceptional urgency, and very high priority is given to the provision of occupation centres.