Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Questions (82)

John McGuinness


82. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will acknowledge the statement of account as published on the Department's website does not give complete information to enable persons to determine whether Bus Éireann makes a profit on the school transport scheme; and if he will clarify the matter. [51020/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The agreed document of 1975 provides the basis for payment to Bus Éireann in respect of the arrangements between my Department and Bus Éireann under which the school transport scheme operates. The Department receives a copy of the Statement of Account for School Transport, prepared by the CIE Group auditors, each year which confirms that, in the opinion of the auditors, the Statement of Account has been prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with the Summary of Accounting Arrangements relating to the Transport Scheme for Primary and Post-Primary School children dated 1 January 1975 and with the bases and assumptions disclosed therein. This Statement of Account is not required to contain any statement to the effect that Bus Éireann do not make a profit from school transport and the account is completed in all of the respects set out in the agreed document. Bus Éireann has confirmed to the Department that they do not make a profit on School Transport and my Department accepts this confirmation.