Thursday, 5 February 2004

Questions (97)

John Gormley


97 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for Education and Science his views on whether the new national special education council should include a member of the INTO; the steps he intends to take to ensure that the INTO is represented on this council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3549/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

In establishing the new national council for special education I did not set out to create a council which was representative of any particular sectoral interests, as I believe it is very important that the council should operate in a cohesive, non-representative way. I have put in place a group of people with a wide range of knowledge and experience in this area. I did consult with the INTO, along with other representative groups, prior to making appointments to membership of the council.