Written Answers. - Science Equipment.

Michael Creed

Question:

699 Mr. Creed asked the Minister for Education and Science if his Department has conducted an audit of science equipment in post-primary schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8236/01]

My Department conducted a survey of science facilities in post-primary schools, which included reference to the level of equipment available for the teaching of science. In response to the findings of the survey, last year grants amounting to £10,500 were paid to all schools offering the physical sciences at senior cycle for equipment for science laboratories. Later this year I will provide further grants to schools.