Written Answers. - RTC Annual Reports.

Dermot Ahern


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.