Press Release

Committee for Education Urges Minister to Intervene in Dispute

Session: 2007/2008

Date: Friday, 05 October 2007

Reference: EDU 03/07

At today’s meeting of the Committee for Education, the Committee agreed to write to the Minister of Education to ask her as a matter of urgency to use her influence to ensure that the Classroom Assistants’ dispute comes to an end as soon as possible.

The Committee reminded the Minister that she told the Assembly on 24 September 2007 “I plan to intervene” in the dispute.

The Committee expressed its serious concerns that agreement will not be reached in the short term and children, who are already disadvantaged, will continue to suffer as a result. The Committee therefore asked the Minister what contingency plans are in place should this dispute continue.

Notes to Editors:

The Chairperson of the Committee is Mr Sammy Wilson, MP MLA

The Deputy Chairperson is Mr Dominic Bradley MLA

The Committee has a further 9 members:

Mrs Mary Bradley MLA
Mr Paul Butler MLA
Rt. Hon Mr Jeffrey Donaldson MP MLA
Mr Trevor Lunn MLA
Mr Basil McCrea MLA
Miss Michelle McIlveen MLA
Ms Michelle O’Neill MLA
Mr Ken Robinson MLA
Mr Mervyn Storey MLA

The Committee has a scrutiny, policy development and consultative role, and advises the Minister of Education directly on the policies and plans of the Department.

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