With regard to the Education Act 1998, two commencement orders have been made bringing into effect 51 sections of the Education Act. Seven sections remain to be commenced at this time. These deal with patrons of schools, section 8, determination of criteria for the recognition of schools, section 10, procedures for withdrawal of recognition, section 11, annual funding of schools, section 12, the keeping of accounts and records by schools, section 18, the procedure for appeals by parents and students against certain decisions of schools to the Secretary General of my Department, section 29, and the establishment of an educational disadvantage committee, section 32. These sections cannot be commenced until certain preparatory work for their implementation is completed. This work is now at an advanced stage. All sections of the Act will come into operation before the end of the year.