Written Answers. - Education Funding.

Joseph Doyle

Question:

26 Mr. Doyle asked the Minister for Education if she will consider the establishment of a national committee, at post-primary level, to review the forms of assistance available from the EC so as to ensure that Ireland obtains all possible aid from this source.

John Bruton

Question:

35 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education if she will consider the establishment of a national committee, at post-primary level, to review the forms of assistance available from the EC so as to ensure that Ireland obtains all possible aid from this source.

Nuala Fennell

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36 Mrs. Fennell asked the Minister for Education if she will consider the establishment of a national committee, at post-primary level, to review the forms of assistance available from the EC so as to ensure that Ireland obtains all possible aid from this source.

Madeleine Taylor-Quinn

Question:

45 Mrs. Taylor-Quinn asked the Minister for Education if she will consider the establishment of a national committee, at post-primary level, to review the forms of assistance available from the EC so as to ensure that Ireland obtains all possible aid from this source.

Michael Joe Cosgrave

Question:

50 Mr. Cosgrave asked the Minister for Education if she will consider the establishment of a national committee, at post-primary level, to review the forms of assistance available from the EC so as to ensure that Ireland obtains all possible aid from this source.

Charles Flanagan

Question:

80 Mr. Flanagan asked the Minister for Education if she will consider the establishment of a national committee, at post-primary level, to review the forms of assistance available from the EC so as to ensure that Ireland obtains all possible aid from this source.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

86 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education if she will consider the establishment of a national committee, at post-primary level, to review the forms of assistance available from the EC so as to ensure that Ireland obtains all possible aid from this source.

Michael Creed

Question:

87 Mr. Creed asked the Minister for Education if she will consider the establishment of a national committee, at post-primary level, to review the forms of assistance available from the EC so as to ensure that Ireland obtains all possible aid from this source.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 26, 35, 36, 45, 50, 80, 86 and 87 together.

The amounts and forms of assistance available to my Department from the European Social Fund have been determined for the period from 1989 to 1993 by the community support framework of the Commission of the European Communities. We are satisfied that we are maximising aid from EC sources.

The aid available for second level programmes has increased significantly with the introduction of the leaving certificate vocational programme, the Youthreach programme for unqualified early school learners and the vocational training opportunities scheme for the long term unemployed.

Action is currently being taken in relation to the implementation of the Lingua programme under the auspices of the European Community. This programme, which will be operational next year, involves,inter alia, in-service training for teachers in the country of the target language and student and teacher exchange. I am confident that this will ensure the wider provision of language teaching and learning in second-level schools.
The position in relation to those years for which statistics are available is in the form of a tabular statement which I propose to circulate in the Official Report. As a matter of policy information on candidates does not distinguish between girls and boys.