Oral Answers to Questions — Special Schools (Handicapped Children)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th April 1972.

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Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West 12:00 am, 20th April 1972

Does the right hon. Gentleman regard it as satisfactory that English education authorities, particularly in the North West, are sending their problem children to a private fee-paying school in my constituency at a cost to their ratepayers of £800 per year per child? It is a private school which has not been registered by the Scottish Education Department. Indeed, the English Minister advised these English education authorities to withdraw their children because, on the basis of a report from the Scottish Education Department, the facilities at that school were considered unsatisfactory. Does not this show that there is a considerable lack of co-ordination and knowledge about the scale of the problem itself?