I propose to take Questions Nos. 669 to 674, inclusive, together.
My Department allocates recurrent funding to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for direct disbursement to HEA designated higher education institutions. The HEA allocates this funding as a block grant to the institutions. As autonomous bodies, the internal disbursement of this funding, including any expenditure on the items queried by the Deputy, are a matter for the individual institution.
The information requested is not readily available in the format requested by the Deputy. However, to assist the Deputy my officials have requested that the HEA undertake to collate the data from the Universities and the details will be communicated to the Deputy as soon as possible.