Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (78, 79)

Seán Fleming

Question:

78. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of savings in the administration charges for school transport that will be achieved in 2014 following his press announcement of 30 July 2011 where he said €17 million would be saved in the three years following that press conference; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15466/14]

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Seán Fleming

Question:

79. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide in tabular form the specific areas or departments within Bus Éireann in which the savings in the administration charges for school transport were achieved since 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15467/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 78 and 79 together.

I take it the Deputy is referring to my press release of 30th June 2011. The €17 million saving related to the savings to be achieved in the overall school transport budget under the four year national recovery plan. I take it the Deputy's reference to the administration charges refers to the 13% charge, also referred to as the transport management charge and indirect costs. Savings in this charge were secured by way of a rebate of an element of the charge by Bus Éireann to the Department. The amount rebated in each year since 2011 is as follows: €1.77m (2011), €3.6m (2012) and €3.98m (2013 provisional). The precise amount of savings on the administration charges for 2014 will not be known until after the end of 2014. The explanatory note on my Department's website sets out the areas and headings of the overall company costs apportioned to the school transport scheme under the transport management charge and indirect costs since 2010. The following table summarised these areas for the 3 years 2010, 2011 and 2012. An explanation of the categories of costs is also available on my Department's website.

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2010 - €m

2011 - €m

2012 - €m

Direct element

3.8

3.6

2.7

Indirect Support

2.8

2.8

3.7

Indirect Regional

4.5

4.3

4.1

Property

2.5

2.5

2.5

Contribution

4.6

3.5

2.0

Total

18.2

16.7

15.0