Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (61)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

61. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the accumulated surplus sums held by Bus Éireann in respect of the school transport scheme in each of the years 2016 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40685/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of my Department. In the 2018/2019 school year over 117,500 children, including over 13,000 children with special educational needs, were transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres at a cost of over €200m in 2018.

The Bus Éireann audited accounts are available on my Department's website for the years 2006 onwards and they contain the information sought by the Deputy in regard to costs of the school transport scheme.