I propose to take Questions Nos. 249 and 253 together.
I am aware that the schools in question have recently applied for inclusion in the disadvantaged areas scheme.
As I have recently announced to the House, I am allocating additional ex-quota teaching posts to the disadvantaged areas scheme with effect from September, 1993. As part of this arrangement, additional schools will be newly included in the scheme.
All national schools were recently circularised and invited to apply for inclusion in this allocation. On the basis of information submitted, schools will be assessed and prioritised in order of need.
The applications submitted by the schools mentioned by the Deputies, together with applications received from all the schools that responded to the circular, will be given full consideration in this context.