Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (246)

Thomas Byrne


246. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a technical study of the Cassells report recommendations has been completed. [9570/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As committed to in the Programme for Government, the Report of the Expert Group on Higher Education Funding (Cassells Report) was referred to the Education Committee as part of the process for formulating a plan for the future funding of the sector.

In order to inform its consideration of the report, the Committee has recently requested that my Department undertake an additional economic evaluation of each of the funding options identified by the expert group. My Department is currently considering the Committee’s request and will revert shortly.

The Government established an inter-departmental technical working group in 2017 to consider a range of technical and administrative issues underpinning possible new funding arrangements. The work of this group is intended to assist my Department in responding to the recommendations of the Oireachtas Committee.