Is my hon. Friend aware that the provision for handicapped children, especially for mentally handicapped children, in my constituency in general is utterly inadequate? Would he please do what he can, after 30th September to expedite consideration of this review and take early subsequent action?
This question obviously relates to the general review. I have no information at my fingertips about the hon. Gentleman's constituency, but I can assure him that we are very concerned about this question, and that is the reason why we issued this Circular in conjunction with the Department of Education and Science, and asked for reports so quickly.
Would the Minister bear in mind that many physically handicapped persons can earn their living only in the intellectual capacity, and that they are prevented from going to universities and other places of education, not on mental grounds, but because of the lack of lifts and ramps? Would he use his influence to bring that point before those who design educational buildings?
I agree with my hon. Friend, but we cannot press the review to an early conclusion prior to receipt of the reports. Once these reports are available—there will be the possibility of having to grant extensions, for a short period of time to some local authorities—I can assure my hon. Friend that we shall act very quickly.