§ Mr. Mallon
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the proposed date for publication of the Department of Education and Science's second language guidelines; and if those guidelines will cover the teaching of the Irish language in primary schools.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
[pursuant to his reply, 24 July 1986]: The Department of Education for Northern Ireland is not publishing any such guidelines.661W
The Northern Ireland Council for Educational Development is, however, producing a series of guidelines for primary education which is planned to include one on teaching of a second language. It will deal with the teaching of Irish and French. The date of publication has not yet been decided.