I propose to take Questions Nos. 432 and 433 together.
My Department recently admitted two appeals under section 29 of the Education Act, 1998 regarding the children referred to by the Deputy. Under the Act, an appeal must be dealt with within 30 days of its receipt, except where, on the application of the appeals committee, the Secretary General of my Department consents to an extension of the period by not more than 14 days.
I am pleased to inform the Deputy that during the course of the appeals the children were offered places in the school in question and both appeals were consequently withdrawn by the parents.