Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (393, 394, 395, 396, 397)

Joe Higgins

Question:

505 Mr. J. Higgins asked the Minister for Education and Science his plans to carry out a study of the extent of the problem of bullying in Irish universities. [1847/04]

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Joe Higgins

Question:

506 Mr. J. Higgins asked the Minister for Education and Science the total cost in legal fees for each university arising from Irish universities contesting cases of bullying through the courts between 1998-2003. [1848/04]

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Joe Higgins

Question:

507 Mr. J. Higgins asked the Minister for Education and Science the total number of cases relating to bullying involving staff or ex-staff of Irish universities brought through the courts between 1998-2003. [1849/04]

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Joe Higgins

Question:

508 Mr. J. Higgins asked the Minister for Education and Science the amount of money expended in out of court settlements between 1998-2003 arising from Irish universities contesting cases of bullying through the courts. [1850/04]

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Joe Higgins

Question:

509 Mr. J. Higgins asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of out of court settlements between 1998-2003 arising from Irish universities contesting cases of bullying through the courts. [1851/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 505 to 509, inclusive, together.

The Universities Act 1997 confers autonomous statutory responsibilities on universities in the day-to-day management of their affairs. My Department does not collect information on the issues raised by the Deputy. I have no proposals to carry out a study on bullying in Irish universities.