Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (212)

Tom Fleming


212. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 334 of 16 January 2013, if he will intervene and assist with the co-operative initiative by a school (details supplied) in County Kerry which is in compliance with his Department's directive, these schools are 2.5 km apart and the imposition of full transport costs on the students and their families will be detrimental to the progress of this scheme; and based on information provided, if he will examine this viable proposition with a view to subsidising the ongoing costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12542/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The purpose of my Department's School Transport Scheme is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of children who reside remote from their nearest school or education centre. There is no provision within the terms of the Scheme to provide funding towards the cost of the transport services outlined by the Deputy in the details supplied.