Written Answers. - RTC Annual Reports.

Dermot Ahern

Question:

131 Mr. D. Ahern asked the Minister for Education the regional technical colleges which have submitted annual reports in respect of each of the academic years 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1994-95; the response, if any, she has made to such reports to the boards of governors of the colleges and/or the vocational education committees concerned; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8499/96]

Annual reports for the regional technical colleges have not been submitted because audited accounts, which are a specified requirement, are not yet available. The finalisation of the accounts has been delayed by the need to resolve a number of technical accounting difficulties which affected all the institutions in the sector. These difficulties, which have now been resolved, arose principally from the divergence between the accounting year-end of the institutions, 31 August, and the accounting year-end of the Department, 31 December.