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Fee Paying Schools

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 25 October 2012

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Questions (74)

Mary Lou McDonald


74. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills the annual saving to the Exchequer if current State subsidies to private schools were withdrawn; if he will provide a single figure and not a list of schools with accompanying figures. [46972/12]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Deputy will be aware that the issue of subsidies to fee-paying schools is a complex one. The figures provided below show that the overall total cost of exchequer support is €109 million. The Deputy will be aware that I announced a review last December, in the context of the Budget 2012, where I made a further one point change to the staffing allocation of fee charging schools. I indicated at the time that the purpose of the review would be to inform future policy in relation to Exchequer support for these schools. The totals of the salary grants and capital expenditure for fee charging schools for the school year 2011/12 are as follows: Salaries (teacher, SNAs Clerical Officers) - €102,889,221.77; Capital expenditure - €6,251,040.75; Assistive technology (child based grant) - €30,820.38. The overall total is €109,171,082.90.