Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (298)

Finian McGrath


400 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding the Drogheda CABAS, applied behaviour analysis for autistic children, school, to ensure that it remains open as a valuable school, and to give it the maximum support and assistance in 2004 (details supplied). [1178/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

I would like to assure the Deputy that my Department intends to take a measured approach to considering the future of the three CABAS facilities in Dublin, Cork and Drogheda. My approach will be to ensure continuity of provision for the pupils in question. My Department appreciates the concerns of parents for greater certainty and in this regard, I wish to confirm that my Department is prepared to continue to provide funding for three CABAS facilities for the next school year 2004-05.

My Department will in due course consider the reports of the inspectorate on autism specific provisions and any issues arising therefrom will be raised directly with the relevant managements.

Question No. 401 answered with QuestionNo. 394.