Bruton, John

Thursday, 12 June 1975

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 282 No. 2

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Coal Industry Research.

I am not aware that any funds were made available for this purpose. It is a matter for individual concerns involved in the coal-mining business to make application direct to the EEC Commission, in re...More Button

The question refers to assistance for technical research. I understand that the treaty establishing the Coal and Steel Community provides that applications of this nature should be made by the commer...More Button

This question relates to technical research.More Button

The position is that technical research involves financing for matters such as production, distribution, utilisation and safety. Different Departments would assist them in relation to different items...More Button

Yes, if technical research is required.More Button

If technical research is required, an application can be made.More Button

If the Deputy wants information relating to Ballingarry, I suggest that he address a specific question on that matter.More Button

If the Deputy wants specific information relating to Ballingarry I suggest he puts down a specific question. The same applies in relation to Rossmore.More Button

I have no information to the effect that lack of coordination is the problem in relation to the coal industry; the problem is the nature of the seams and their economic character.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Small Claims Court.

In its report which it submitted to me, the National Consumer Advisory Council recommended the setting up of consumer complaints boards which could deal expeditiously and inexpensively with small clai...More Button

I am not aware that there is such a definition.More Button

This measure in relation to a small claims court will be considered in the context of the third of the series of consumer protection Bills which we hope to be introducing. I am hoping we may be able t...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Price Display Lists.

The purpose of the Retail Prices (Food) Display Order, 1973, is to enable consumers to compare the prices of specified food items in different retail outlets. I am satisfied that the order is being ap...More Button

Their obligation would be to display the price at which they are selling the goods in the shop. It is in the interest of any good shopkeeper to display the price of the goods he is selling so that hi...More Button

I do not think there is any reason for departing from the practice in relation to the order.More Button

I am talking about the Retail Prices (Food) Display Order.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Sugar Price.

The recent increase in the price of sugar was approved by the Government on the advice of the National Prices Commission, who outlined the reasons for their recommendation in their report for February...More Button

I am asking the National Prices Commission, who have all the relevant information on this matter and if they do not have it they have the means of getting it, to look fully into this matter, taking al...More Button

I have told the Deputy what I intend doing.More Button

The Deputy should be aware that the world price is not the only consideration which determines the price which must be paid to the sugar company. There are considerations such as the maintenance of e...More Button

I have indicated what I am prepared to do and the National Prices Commission will be in a position to give me objective advice as to the steps which could appropriately be taken.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Company Liquidations.

According to the records filed with the Registrar of Companies, the number of receivers appointed to companies in the State during the period 1st June, 1974, to 31st May, 1975, was 51 and the number o...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Heating Company Activities.

Two complaints about installations by this firm have been received and investigated by my Department. I have no power to intervene directly, as these are matters of contract, but departmental inspect...More Button

Under existing law it appears that no action can be taken unless a complaint can be made about the safety of the installation in question, in which case it should be covered by a recent order.More Button

Anybody who has purchased this from the firm in question who feels aggrieved have it open to them, under civil law, to take an action. There is need to improve the legislation in this regard and I ho...More Button

Assistance has been given already. A departmental inspector located the firm responsible for the installation.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Flat Rentals.

I am advised that rents for flats do not fall within the scope of the Prices Acts. Consequently, no applications for increases in such rents have been dealt with by me or the National Prices Commissi...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Motor Insurance.

There is no evidence available to me to suggest that persons in this age group category are finding it almost impossible to secure motor insurance cover at reasonable terms.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Consumer Education Courses.

Consumer education for children is a vital part of the consumer protection programme. The National Consumer Advisory Council, in their report published in January, recommend that the Department of Ed...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Baler Twine Price.

Normally, there are some variations in the retail prices of baler twine because the discounts obtained by traders will vary depending mainly on the time of purchase and the quantity purchased. The va...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Fertiliser Prices.

The present arrangements in relation to fertiliser prices were introduced by me in December, 1973, on the recommendation of the National Prices Commission. There are no proposals from the Commission ...More Button

As a matter of fact, the Prices Advisory Body are at the moment commencing an examination of the distribution of fertilisers in the country, and one of the matters which they will be considering will ...More Button

The matters will be dealt with with all due speed.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Secondary School Places.

There appears to be no problem in relation to the question of accommodation for girl pupils of this area. The matter of immediate additional accommodation for boys has not been raised at the Cork Adv...More Button

The Douglas Road Community School has been authorised to provide whatever temporary accommodation will be needed to take extra pupils next September from the Ballinlough/Blackrock area. The school i...More Button

Temporary accommodation will be made available at the Douglas Road Community School to take any excess boys from the beginning of the next academic year. As to permanent accommodation at the Douglas ...More Button

No, that figure of 800 referred to Douglas Road school.More Button

Would that be the Mahon Peninsula?More Button

I can give the Deputy information about the Ballyphehane-Togher school. Proposals for 600 places at Ballyphehane-Togher are being considered, but I am not in a position to give the exact time of the ...More Button

I said in my original reply that the Douglas Road Community School had been authorised to provide whatever temporary accommodation would be needed to take extra pupils next September from the Ballinlo...More Button

That was the previous question.More Button

I did not answer them together.More Button

I have given what I would regard as reasonably satisfactory answers to both questions put down by the Deputy, but if, having read those two replies, he is still not satisfied, it is open to him to pu...More Button

The Deputy can always seek a written reply.More Button

The Deputy can get a reply in three days if he looks for it in written form.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Cork School.

In response to a recent application from the manager of the Christian Brothers Secondary School, Youghal, authorisation is being given for the erection of new premises on a site adjacent to the vocati...More Button

The answer to both parts of the question is in the negative.More Button

The trouble is that progress is being made in education and the Deputies opposite do not like it.More Button

I am aware that on 12th May, 1965, the Christian Brothers purchased a two acre site adjacent to the existing school and that there are plans for the building of a new secondary school on that site to ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Tipperary School Courses.

There are five vocational schools with senior cycles in Tipperary South Riding. There are no proposals from the vocational education committee before my Department for the provision of senior cycle c...More Button

I already said two.More Button

Cashel and Cappawhite.More Button

There has been no application from the vocational education committee.More Button

I am not aware of any. If applications are received, they will be considered. There are no applications before the Department at the moment.More Button

I did not say, one way or the other. There is no application before the Department now.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Limerick Post-Primary Centre.

There are no immediate plans for the erection of new school premises in Castleconnell but it is anticipated that a community school may be required in the area in the long term.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Waterford School Course.

The County Waterford Vocational Education Committee have been informed that the organisation of senior cycle classes at Kilmacthomas will be sanctioned. Recognition will be provisional pending experi...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Aran Islands' Vocational School.

The Vocational Education Committee were informed that the Department of Education would be prepared to accord sanction to a proposal for suitable courses of instruction at senior cycle level in Gairms...More Button

There has been correspondence between the vocational education committees and the Department for some considerable time. I am not in a position to say what the Minister for the Gaeltacht announced wh...More Button

I have not got the information.More Button

I have not got that information either.More Button

I would not like to say.More Button

It may or it may not have been.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Ballaghaderreen Vocational School.

I have sought legal advice in the circumstances of the case to which the Deputy refers. As soon as this becomes available, I shall take such action in the matter as may be considered appropriate.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Galway College Dispute.

The contract of employment of teachers in Coláiste Muire, Galway is with the authorities of the school, which is a private institution recognised as a secondary school in accordance with the relevant ...More Button

I understand the Minister for Education has considered this very carefully but I am not in a position, by virtue of the consideration the Minister has given to the matter, to go any further than the s...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Boarding School Grants.

Boarding grants will continue to be available on the same conditions as apply at present.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Kilronan Leaving Certificate Classes.

The arrangements in the case of attendance at the proposed senior cycle will be similar to those available in the case of the junior cycles.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Secondary School Grants.

Grants to secondary schools are generally paid in the school year to which they relate. In regard to capitation grant and Irish and bilingual grant, it would not be feasible to pay these grants in the...More Button

The system in relation to capitation grants has been there since 1924 when it was introduced. I am sure the Deputy will appreciate that if one were to change the situation now and pay the current yea...More Button

I have indicated the position in relation to this matter.More Button

The suggestion is that the present Minister has made a bigger injection of finance into secondary education than his predecessors.More Button

It is true.More Button

I am not.More Button

The grants in lieu of tuition are paid on a current year basis and they are the larger of the two grants. The capitation grant is not and has not been since it was introduced in 1924.More Button

Particular schools have particular problems.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin School.

The Department has recently authorised the acceptance of a tender for the building of the new St. Mary's National School, Grange Road, Rathfarnham. The further arrangements are a matter for the manag...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Wicklow Schools.

Grants have been sanctioned by my Department towards the cost of extending the De-La Salle Boys' National School and Scoil an Choróin Mhuire Girls' National School to cater for the housing development...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Donegal School Facilities.

It is proposed to amalgamate Alt No. 2 and Donoughmore National School from the 1st July, 1975. Both schools are under Presbyterian management. Arrangements are in hand for the extension and adaptati...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Galway School.

The average enrolment of pupils for the quarter ended the 31st March, 1975, the latest date for which figures are available to my Department, was 29.4.More Button

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 28, 29, 30, 31 and 32 together. As the Deputy is aware from my statement in reply to a question from him last July, parents...More Button

With the permission of the Chair, I will answer this question in English.More Button

The Department are prepared to sanction a grant up to a figure not in excess of two-thirds of the final cost figure of £1,000 in respect of repairs to Doire Bhó Riada school.More Button

I have no information of money that was spent but I have information on money that is to be spent. I apologies to the House because I have not replied to the question in Irish. I should like to have...More Button

I am not the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Gaeltacht. I have already indicated why I wish to reply to the question in English.More Button

I have no information on that matter.More Button

I do not think we did spend any money.More Button

The Deputy is exceeding himself in his unctuousness. (Interruptions.)More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Waterford School.

Sanction has not as yet been given for the placing of the building contract for the proposed new national school at Clonea, County Waterford. I regret that I cannot indicate the likely date when sanct...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Longford School.

A grant has been sanctioned by my Department for the erection of a new national school to replace the existing Granard Convent National School. The arrangements for the erection of the school are in t...More Button

I understand that when the local contribution has been received in the Office of Public Works the commissioners will be in a position to place the contract. In view of what the Deputy says that could...More Button

I am not aware of that. In view of what Deputy Sheridan has said, I do not imagine there will be any great difficulty.More Button

I am not aware of that.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - School Maintenance Man.

The maintenance of national schools is a local responsibility exercised by the school managerial authorities. I am hopeful that the substantially increased grants which have been offered towards the c...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Palmerstown (Dublin) Schools.

The use of national schools for purposes other than school purposes is subject to certain general conditions, including the consent of the school manager and also, of the trustees, in the case of vest...More Button

I understand that at the moment the matter is between the school manager and the council. By contact between these two parties a speedy resolution of the problem may be arrived at. If it appears that...More Button

I am not in a position to say whether the Minister will or will not receive them.More Button

I do not think there was much point in having a meeting because problems had to be resolved in relation to the use of the school. If the community council wished to use it on a 24-hour basis the Depar...More Button

I said whatever arrangements could be made for a meeting.More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that I am not in a position to do anything about it.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Tipperary School.

The question of the future provision to be made for the pupils of Killusty school district is under consideration in my Department. It is hoped to reach a decision in the matter in the near future.More Button

Killusty is a two-teacher school with 19 boys and 13 girls on the rolls. I understand that the date of retirement of the female assistant teacher was reached on 30th June, 1975. As would be normal i...More Button

The matter is being considered by the Department in view of all the information collected by the inspector. I have no doubt that a decision will be conveyed as soon as possible.More Button

I can tell the Deputy that no decision has been reached.More Button

When a decision is reached it will be conveyed.More Button

I cannot say. If the Deputy makes representations no doubt he will be informed.More Button

I will try to see that the Deputy is informed.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Meath School Extension.

The Commissioners of Public Works have been instructed to invite tenders for the erection of a new extension to Ratoath National School, County Meath.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Clare School.

Tarmon is a one-teacher school with an enrolment of 14 pupils. It is proposed to amalgamate it with the schools in Kilkee so as to give the pupils the educational advantages of larger school units.More Button

I understand a letter was received from the reverend manager yesterday to the effect that he had got the agreement of the parents to the amalgamation and that he had also got the agreement of the Bish...More Button

That is not the information conveyed to the Department.More Button

The Department received a letter from the reverend manager on the matter.More Button

They relied on the manager who is the Department's agent in the matter to get this information.More Button

I will undertake to convey what both Deputies have said to the Minister.More Button

That matter has been discussed exhaustively in the Dáil and there would be no point in my engaging in a discussion on it at this point.More Button

The Minister has explained at considerable length the considerations which informed his decision in relation to Dún Chaoin.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Meath Irish School.

Because of the wide range of teaching skills and teaching facilities which should be provided for pupils in a secondary school it would not be feasible to provide a separate secondary school for the s...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - School Books Costs.

Textbooks for the leaving certificate course are prescribed only in the case of certain language tests. In the case of non-prescribed textbooks teachers are free to choose from a wide range of public...More Button

I imagine that different books would be prescribed in different schools and these would cost different amounts of money. Therefore, a figure of the type the Deputy wishes would necessitate exhaustive...More Button

For a start, I am not in a position to say it is not true. I am sure the Deputy, who is a teacher, is in a position to get reasonably accurate——More Button

I am sure the Deputy is in a position to get reasonably accurate information. I have no wish to question what he has said but I am not in a position to give a definitive national figure.More Button

The teachers are in a position to take these factors into account also in prescribing the textbooks they will use on particular courses. If they feel that prescribing a particular textbook would impo...More Button

It is arrived at on the basis of the moneys available. Incidentally, I can say that the moneys made available for free school books have been increased substantially.More Button

A restriction of the type implied in the question would be educationally undesirable since it would withhold from the pupil the facility for immediate literary and cultural comparison and seriously in...More Button

I have no information about the cost of that book.More Button

I will have the Deputy's suggestion in the matter conveyed to those responsible for drawing up the curriculum in relation to this matter.More Button

However, I have indicated that it is considered desirable that a book of this sort should not be confined solely to those poems or items of literature which are being included in the course but that o...More Button

On the face of it, that does appear somewhat strange. I shall have the matter looked at.More Button

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