Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (208)

Clare Daly

Question:

208. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all the recommendations of the Farrell Grant Sparks report entitled Review of the Overhead Costs and Indirect Costs for the Administration of the School Transport Scheme, of October 2009, were implemented immediately or if they were implemented on a phased basis in view of the fact that the administration charges appear to have fallen by approximately €1.5 million each year since he took office. [15004/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Farrell Grant Sparks looked at possible alternative methods for the calculation of the Bus Éireann transport management charge. The recommendations in the report were not implemented.

The basis of this charge was not changed and remains as set out in the 1975 Summary of Accounting Arrangements.

Each year since 2008 an element of the charge has been rebated by Bus Éireann to the Department to reflect the challenging financial conditions facing the country