Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Ceisteanna (76)

Fergus O'Dowd

Ceist:

76. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Education and Skills if matters raised in correspondence in relation to disconnecting energy supplies while schools are closed in the summer months will be responded to; if he will liaise with SSE and the OGP in order to re-establish this cost saving initiative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25753/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

There is ongoing engagement between the OGP and its public sector clients so that the necessary contracts and frameworks are put in place to meet their requirements. My Department liaises with the OGP in this context.

The OGP has established a Multi-Supplier Framework Agreement for the supply of Natural Gas to Public Service Bodies in Ireland including schools. This Framework Agreement was put in place following consultations with representatives from the Education, Central Government, Local Authority, Health and the Security Services Sectors.

The OGP is currently working on the next generation Framework Agreement for the supply of Natural Gas to Public Service Bodies in Ireland, again including schools. In this regard, it has sought input from the relevant sectors. Any proposals to the OGP, including cost saving initiatives, that are put forward and that are feasible, such as that in the details supplied by the Deputy, will be taken into consideration.