Written Answers. - School Placement.

John McGuinness

Question:

1036 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason for the delay in dealing with the issues raised in correspondence on behalf of persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; the reason an acknowledgement was not sent to correspondence dated June 22 2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19952/00]

The delay in responding to the correspondence in question is due to the large volume of requests for support received in my Department's special education section.

Arrangements are being made to issue an immediate reply to the persons concerned.

My Department's inspectorate is investigating a suitable placement for the young person in question as a top priority.