§ 18. Mr. Ashley
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will ensure that additional money is devoted to assisting the integration of handicapped children in ordinary schools.
§ Mr. Macfarlane
My right hon. and learned Friend has no power to do so. It is for local authorities to determine the precise application of the resources availble to them. However, the new method of assessing grant related expenditure, which underpins this year's rate support grant settlement, provides for authorities to receive the same financial support whatever their institutional arrangements are for the education of children with special educational needs.