Written Answers. - Students' Summer Jobs Scheme.

John Ellis

Ceist:

151 Mr. Ellis asked the Minister for Social Welfare whether he will permit a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim who is one month under age, to participate in the student's summer jobs scheme. [14748/96]

John Ellis

Ceist:

152 Mr. Ellis asked the Minister for Social Welfare the plans, if any, he has regarding third-level students who are ineligible for the student's summer jobs scheme. [14749/96]

It is proposed to take Questions Nos. 151 and 152 together.

The students' summer jobs scheme provides income support for less well off third level students who are disqualified from receiving unemployment assistance during the summer months as a result of the change in social welfare law in 1993 if they cannot find work. As stated in the reply of 5 June to the Deputy (Questions Nos. 247 and 248) these provisions do not apply to the person concerned as he will not reach 18 years of age until after this year's scheme has ended. As in previous years the viability and operation of the scheme will be reviewed in a budgetary context.

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

153 Mr. Martin asked the Minister for Social Welfare whether a person (details supplied) in Cork will be accepted for the students' summer job scheme in view of the fact that he is a full-time student who is pursuing a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering. [14750/96]

The underlying purpose of the scheme is to provide income support for the less well-off third level students who are disqualified from receiving unemployment assistance under the change in social welfare law in 1993 and are unable to obtain summer work. Priority therefore is being given to enabling the maximum number of eligible low income students to participate within the overall financial allocations for the 1996 scheme.

The person concerned is not affected by the 1993 bar on students claiming unemployment assistance and consequently is not eligible to participate in the students' summer job scheme.