Written Answers. - Capitation Grants.

Question:

89 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Education and Science the total capitation figure for children who attend primary school in the Jobstown parish of Tallaght, Dublin 24, the total capitation figure for children who attend primary school in the Foxrock parish in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19825/98]

The total amount of the capitation grants paid by my Department for the 1997 school year in relation to the three schools in the Jobstown parish of Tallaght, Dublin 24, amounted to £87,279, based on a combined enrolment for the three schools of 1,106 pupils as at September 1997. A further £33,240 was paid out in capitation grants under the disadvantaged areas scheme and £4,500 under the early start scheme, giving a total figure of £37,740 under these two schemes which are specifically aimed at the disadvantaged sector. Furthermore, an additional capitation grant of £15,000 for the provision of caretaking and clerical assistance was paid to one of the three schools. The total amount of capitation grants therefore paid to schools in the Jobstown parish in the 1997-98 school year was £140,019.

It would appear from our records that the Foxrock parish is in fact in Dublin 18, and not Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin. In any event, the total amount of the capitation grants paid by my Department to the two schools in that parish, with a combined enrolment of 1,383 as at September 1997, in the 1997-8 school year was £58,170. In addition, one of the schools received an additional capitation grant of £7,500 for the provision of caretaking services. The total amount of capitation grants paid to schools in the Foxrock parish in the 1997-8 school year therefore amounted to £65,670. The schools in the Foxrock parish did not benefit under the schemes aimed at disadvantaged schools which are referred to in the previous paragraph.