Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Brendan Kenneally

Question:

73 Mr. Kenneally asked the Minister for Education, the controls that are in place to ensure that ESF grants are paid promptly every three months; the action, if any, that is taken when there is a delay in any college; if her attention has been drawn to the hardship caused to some students by late payments; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8984/95]

In the case of regional technical colleges and the Dublin Institute of Technology my Department makes bi-monthly ESF maintenance grant payments to the colleges on the basis of student numbers submitted to the Department. Payments of maintenance grants to individual students are made every month on the basis of the college's record of student attendance. These payments are a matter for the college authorities.