I propose to take Questions Nos. 116 and 117 together.
The Government's An Action Programme for the Millennium attaches particular priority to the remedial education area through its commitment to equal opportunity and the priority it attaches to the provision of remedial teachers and resources for children with special learning difficulties. It is my intention to honour this commitment in the years ahead.
At present, there is a total of 1,242 remedial teachers in the primary system and a further 350 in the second level system. These posts have been allocated on the basis of priority of need.