Written Answers. - School Transport.

Tuesday, 16 June 1987

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 373 No. 8

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252.

Mrs. Hussey: Information on Gemma Hussey  Zoom on Gemma Hussey  asked the Minister for Education if she will establish committees, representative of school authorities, within each catchment area in order to manage the school transport system; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

253.

Mrs. Hussey: Information on Gemma Hussey  Zoom on Gemma Hussey  asked the Minister for Education if recent newspaper reports to the effect that she intends to privatise the school transport system are accurate; and if she will outline the intentions, if any, she has in this regard, including plans for any pilot schemes under consideration; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Education (Mrs. O'Rourke): Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  I propose to take Questions Nos. 252 and 253 together.

The question of how best to arrange for the provision of a school transport service is kept continually under review. No decision has been taken with regard to any restructuring of the school transport scheme or on the introduction of any pilot projects in this connection.

254.

Mrs. Hussey: Information on Gemma Hussey  Zoom on Gemma Hussey  asked the Minister for Education in considering the future of the school transport system, if she has consulted any of the following bodies involved in the secondary school system, the Secretariat of Secondary Schools, the Congress of Catholic Secondary Schools Parents' Association, the National Federation of Christian Brothers schools parents' councils; if consultation had not taken place the plans, if any, she has for it; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

[1991]Minister for Education (Mrs. O'Rourke): Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  Consultations have not taken place with the parties mentioned. However, any views such bodies may wish to make known in this regard will be borne in mind in the ongoing review of the school transport system.


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