§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what measures he is taking to reduce the time taken in the issuing of statements of special needs for children.
§ Mr. Forth
The Education Bill presently before the House provides for the Secretary of State to set statutory time limits governing local education authorities' conduct of assessments and the making of statements of special educational needs. The Bill also provides for a statutory code of practice including criteria and guidance to which LEAs should have regard in carrying out those duties.