I propose to take Questions Nos. 510 and 511 together.
I am most anxious that all children with special educational needs should receive an education appropriate to those needs. My Department is currently reviewing existing arrangements for the allocation of special educational supports to primary schools. In that context, my officials have initiated discussions on the matter with representative interests. At this stage, it would be premature to anticipate the outcome.
Staff in schools catering for pupils with special educational needs will continue to be supported by my Department through the provision of appropriate inservice training. In addition, I have established the national council for special education, which will, when operational, provide ongoing support and advice on special needs to individual schools. The council is, at present, arranging for the recruitment of special educational needs organisers, who will liaise directly with schools catering for special needs children.