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We have been very much aware of the continuing financial constraints on central and local government, and have sought to be realistic in making recommendations which would entail additional expenditure.Some of the improvements which we have proposed could be achieved through a redeployment of existing resources; but in formulating proposals for the development of special education to the end of the century and possibly beyond, we have inevitably made some recommendations which would require substantial additional resources. We should like to emphasise that, though our Committee was large, and consisted of members from a variety of different professions, we are unanimous in submitting our report.Finally, it is a pleasure to record here the debt of gratitude we owe to the imaginative and thorough work of the Committee's two Secretaries, first Mr John Hedger and then Miss Imogen Luxton, who succeeded him half-way through our review. To all these, as well as to our co-opted members, and others not mentioned by name we are deeply indebted. In November 1973 the Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher MP, then Secretary of State for Education and Science, announced that she proposed, in conjunction with the then Secretaries of State for Scotland and Wales and after consultation with the then Secretaries of State for Social Services and Employment, to appoint a Committee with the following terms of reference: 'To review educational provision in England, Scotland and Wales for children and young people handicapped by disabilities of body or mind, taking account of the medical aspects of their needs, together with arrangements to prepare them for entry into employment; to consider the most effective use of resources for these purposes; and to make recommendations'.The Committee was established the following year and we held our first meeting in September 1974. In view of both our size and the breadth of our terms of reference we decided early in 1975 to divide our work among four sub-committees.
We have also had regard to the social aspects of their needs, to relations between the different professionals engaged in meeting their needs, to the contribution of their parents and the parents' own needs for support and to the requirements for research and development.
We therefore co-opted a number of members, to whom we are indebted for their help. Mrs M Blythman - Head of the Special Education Department, Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh Miss M Clarke OBE - Senior Adviser for Nursery, Infant and First School Education, Devon Local Education Authority Miss K A Dougall - Headteacher, Inchview Primary School, West Pilton, Edinburgh Mr M J K Flynn - Principal, Stretton House Hostel, Stretton, Derbyshire Dr C Frain-Bell - Consultant Paediatrician (Educational Medicine), Community Child Health Services, Tayside Area Health Board Mr D R Gray - Inspector (Special Education) City of Birmingham Education Department Professor R Gulliford - Head of the Department of Special Education, University of Birmingham Mr D Hutchinson - Head of the Work Orientation Unit, North Nottinghamshire College of Further Education Rev R J Jones - Education Secretary, National Children's Home, until 1976 [page 2] Mr P J Lowman - Production Director, Rosalind Foods Ltd, Great Yarmouth, until 1976 Miss M E Moyce - Principal Officer, Children's Services, London Borough of Lambeth Mrs M de Paolo - Headteacher, New Fosseway School for the ESN(S), Bristol Mr T E Thomas - Former pupil of a special school for the physically handicapped in Glamorgan Mr G Vernon - Coordinator of In-Service Education, Leeds Polytechnic Dr R I Woodger - Parent of a handicapped child 4.
The sub-committees completed their work by May 1977 and their findings formed the basis of our report.
In particular, we should like to express our gratitude to Mr Michael Walker and his successor Mr Vivian Stevens of the Department of Education and Science and to Dr Esther Simpson and Mr Bob Brown of the Department of Health and Social Security, who have helped us continuously for three and a half years.
We are also deeply grateful to Mr John Fish, Mr Alastair Milne and Mr Malcolm Stone of Her Majesty's Inspectorate for their continuous help and advice.