Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (590)

Patrick O'Donovan


590. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide details in tabular form, by college and course, the number of students who attended agricultural colleges in each of the years 2006 to 2011; if he will provide details for each college of the number of teaching personnel for those years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10092/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Under the Agricultural (Research, Training and Advice) Act, 1988, Teagasc has responsibility for the provision of education and training services to the agricultural sector. These services are delivered through a network of agricultural colleges, regional education centres and in collaboration with three privately-owned colleges. Within the various colleges and at local level, Teagasc provide a wide range of courses in agriculture, horticulture, equine studies and forestry. It is a matter for Teagasc to prioritise activities in the delivery of education and training services and to allocate resources in accordance with these priorities.

I understand from Teagasc that the data is not readily available in the format requested. They have agreed to assemble the data, and on receipt, I will arrange for it to be forwarded to the Deputy.