Wednesday, 4 February 2004

Ceisteanna (166)

Pat Breen

Ceist:

257 Mr. P. Breen asked the Minister for Education and Science further to Parliamentary Question No. 203 of 21 October 2003, if there is a school bus service available for pupils to the nearest school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3405/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

The position in this case is that the child referred to by the Deputy in Question No. 203 of 21 October 2003 is not attending hisnearest national school and is availing of concessionary fare paying transport. Under the terms of the primary school transport scheme, children are eligible, subject to conditions, for free transport to their nearest national school or school of amalgamation. Pupils not attending their nearest national school may, subject to conditions, avail of concessionary fare paying transport to another school, subject to spare accommodation being available on the bus and provided that no extra State cost is incurred by extending or re-routing the service. The present service is the most that can be offered to the pupil concerned.