Written Answers. - Company Services.

Eamon Gilmore

Ceist:

498 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Education and Science if his Department has retained the services of a person or company (details supplied) since June 1997; if so, the nature of those services; the duration and the fees involved; if this person or company is retained on transactions related to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27573/01]

The procurement of lands and sites for first and second level schools is conducted on behalf of my Department by the Office of Public Works.

At a more general level, the Deputy will appreciate that my Department would not have knowledge of all persons associated with or having a beneficial interest in the many companies with which it deals. If, however, the Deputy provides details of specific companies it will be possible to check my Department's records by reference to this information.