Dáil Éireann - Volume 662 - 07 October, 2008

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Education and Science further to Parliamentary Question No. 214 of 22 May 2008, the progress to date in finalising an agreement with a group (details supplied) for the provision of education for children with autism; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33614/08]

  Deputy Batt O’Keeffe: The Deputy will be aware of the Programme for Government commitment to the long-term funding for the centres that are [1011] currently in the ABA pilot scheme subject to agreement with my Department on standards that will enable them to be supported as primary schools for children with autism.

The Deputy will appreciate that I am not in a position to comment while the discussions are ongoing between officials in my Department and groups representing the centres.