Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (363)

David Stanton

Question:

504 Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Education and Science the moneys granted to schools in 2003 and to date in 2004 regarding information technology equipment for special needs students; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25016/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

My Department's expenditure on grants towards the cost of specialised equipment and materials for special needs pupils, including information technology equipment, is as follows. The total expenditure for 2003 for the primary and post-primary sectors was €3,562,819. The total expenditure for 2004 to date for both sectors is €889,980. The annual grant for equipment and task materials to primary schools for learning support and resource teachers will issue in November 2004. The total anticipated expenditure for 2004 is expected to replicate that expended in 2003.