Written Answers. - Third Level Fees.

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

36 Ms O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Science if he plans to introduce fees for third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21736/02]

I am at present conducting a review of student support provisions aimed at ensuring that the benefits of the substantial investment being made are maximised in the context of the Government's objectives for achieving greater access to third level education among lower socio-economic groups. The free fees initiative will be considered in the context of that review. No decision on the future of that initiative has been made at this point.