Thursday, 18 April 2013

Ceisteanna (91)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

91. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will, arising from changes in the primary school transport scheme for 2011/2012, review the extent to which such changes are likely to impact negatively on a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18067/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Changes to my Department's Primary School Transport Scheme were announced in Budget 2011 and derived from recommendations contained in the Value for Money review of the scheme. The changes announced covered the uniform application of the distance eligibility criterion, the cessation of the Closed/Central School Rule (CSR), an increase from seven to ten in the minimum number of eligible children required to establish or retain a service and the introduction of charges for eligible primary children. These changes to school transport provision are applied uniformly and equitably on a national basis.

Bus Éireann, which operates the School Transport Scheme on behalf of my Department, has advised that they have not received an application for primary school transport from the family in question.