I propose to take Questions Nos. 331 and 332 together.
I am aware of the concerns regarding the provision of services to persons with an intellectual disability and those with autism.
As part of an ongoing review of needs within existing services, my Department commissioned a review of the services provided by a number of section 65 funded intellectual disability service providers, including the CDAH. My Department made it clear to all agencies involved in this exercise that, while making every effort to provide the resources required to address the needs identified in the review, it could not give a commitment in relation to a specific timeframe within which these needs would be met.
As resources have become available to my Department specific funding has been provided annually over the past number of years to meet these needs in various agencies. Additional funding of €13.3 million has been allocated to services for persons with an intellectual disability or autism in 2003 to meet the full year cost of the 2002 developments and to further enhance the health related support services to children with an intellectual disability or autism. This funding is in addition to the significant revenue investment, amounting to €188 million, which has been made in these services since 1997 and which is built into the ongoing budget.