Written answers

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Department of Education and Science

Special Educational Needs

9:00 pm

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal North East, Fine Gael)
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Question 267: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the reason her Department does not have a sectoral plan under the terms of the Disability Act; if she will introduce such a plan; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28654/10]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Education and Science; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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My Department was not required to develop a sectoral plan under the Disability Act 2005. For the Deputy's information the six Departments required to develop sectoral plans under this Act were the Departments of Health and Children; Social and Family Affairs; Transport; Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Environment, Heritage and Local Government; and Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

Following recent transfers of functions involving a number of Government Departments, including my own, the issue of which Departments carry responsibility for sectoral plans under the Disability Act 2005 is currently being examined in the context of a review of the operation of that Act. This review is underway and is being co-ordinated by the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs.

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