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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 180 - Education schemes [Walk tall] [17762/06]. (11 May 2006)

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180. Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Education and Science when her Department will complete the amended action 32 and in doing so extend to primary and special schools in areas of disadvantage outside of the local drugs taskforce areas, the supports offered by the walk tall programme support service. [17762/06]

Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Amended Action 32 of the National Drug Strategy 2001-2008 (June 2005) recommends that the support services provided to Local Drug Task Force (LDTF) area schools, through the existing ’Walk Tall’ Support Service, should be extended to other areas of disadvantage. I understand that the Steering Committee of the Substance Misuse Prevention Programme (SMPP) or “Walk Tall” Programme has submitted to my Department a proposal of expansion in line with the recommendation of the Mid-Term Review, with a number of options for extending the Programme to other areas of disadvantage which are outside the local drugs taskforce areas. The proposals are currently under examination by my officials and this examination involves consultation with the “Walk Tall” Support Programme personnel to explore, amongst other issues, the feasibility of extending the Programme to areas disadvantage which are outside the local drugs taskforces. Once this examination has been completed, I have been assured that a range of options in relation to any proposed extension of the “Walk Tall” Programme will be provided for my consideration in the context of demands for the service and available resources.

Vol. 619 No. 3
Written Answers
Thursday, 11 May 2006

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