Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Olwyn Enright

Ceist:

175 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will sanction an additional ten hours home tuition for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19376/03]

My Department has received an request for additional home tuition provision for the pupil in question. A decision will be conveyed to the family in question as soon as possible.

Olwyn Enright

Ceist:

176 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science if home tuition will be given to a person (details supplied); when they will be made aware of this decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19377/03]

An application for home tuition for the pupil in question was received in my Department on 2 May 2003. A letter issued to the child's parents requesting additional information on 16th June 2003. When this is received and considered, a decision on the application will be conveyed to the family.

Olwyn Enright

Ceist:

177 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science if home tuition for July 2003 will be given to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19378/03]

Olwyn Enright

Ceist:

178 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science if he has authorised the summer provision for the autism class for July 2003 at Scoil Mhicil Naofa, Athy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19379/03]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 177 and 178 together.

Scoil Mhicil Naofa, Athy is participating in the delivery of the July education programme for pupils with autism. I understand that the pupil in question is participating in this programme. My Department encourages all relevant schools to participate in this valuable initiative in the interest of the children in question. If schools are not participating in the July education programme, home tuition is offered as an alternative for the pupils who would normally attend such schools. My officials will be in contact with the family of the pupil in question to clarify the matter.