EDUCATION – CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS – 3 December 2012

Dr Julian Lewis: I am glad that the Minister mentioned integration with social care. He will recall the recent debate I secured on the funding gap for those between the ages of 16 and 18. Further education colleges in the New Forest feel that they cannot offer support for more than three days a week instead of five days, and that has taken place progressively since 2008. I know the Minister intends to write to me in more detail, but is he concentrating on that important gap which places an extra burden on parents?

[The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education (Mr Edward Timpson): My hon. Friend's debate highlighted an important area that we must get right. I will be writing to him in great detail about how we will ensure that, where appropriate, five days' support for children with special educational needs and disabilities will be available through their education. I will be happy to discuss that matter with him as we proceed with the legislation.]