I propose to take Questions Nos. 272 and 282 together.
Following detailed consideration arising from the position of the Ombudsman regarding the legality of the mobility allowance and motorised transport grant schemes, the Government decided in February that the schemes could no longer continue and that an alternative must be devised. An independently chaired Review Group is seeking solutions which will not run counter to the Equal Status Acts. The Review Group's interim report regarding the immediate issue of the closure of the schemes is now under consideration by Government. A final report looking at the wider issue of general transport for people with disabilities will be submitted by the Review Group in June.
At this stage, I am not in a position to pre-empt any decision Government may make. However, I can assure the Deputies that the Government is aware of the needs of those relying on these supports and will take all of this into consideration when making a decision on future arrangements.