Bruton, Richard

Tuesday, 1 December 1998

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 497 No. 5

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Written Answers - Tax Reliefs.

Asked the minister: the approved language and information technology courses for which tax relief is available.More Button

Written Answers - Sunday Trading.

Asked the minister: the review, if any, she has undertaken of the present practices in relation to Sunday working; if she has found a significant incidence of cases where Sunday working is not optional and of cases where...More Button

Asked the minister: if she will consider as a possible alternative the introduction of compulsory maximum six day opening for retail premises which could be applied uniformly and still permit shops to make distinctive of...More Button

Written Answers - Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility.

Asked the minister: the reason for the reversal of a 1996 decision not to contribute to the IMF's Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility; if his attention has been drawn to the reports that this scheme has failed to pay...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Reliefs.

Asked the minister: if tax relief has been extended to cover one year full-time courses in private colleges or one year part-time courses which lead to a National Council for Vocational Awards certificate in view of the ...More Button

Asked the minister: the numbers who applied for tax relief under the scheme of tax relief for language and information technology courses.More Button

Written Answers - Personal Assistance Services.

Asked the minister: his views on the concept of the establishment of an independent living fund to assist a person with a disability to integrate successfully within the community; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Asked the minister: the information, if any, available to him in relation to the number of patients in accident and emergency departments left for long periods on trolleys; and, if this is not available, if he will insti...More Button

Written Answers - Shared Ownership Scheme.

Asked the minister: the provision, if any, he has made in the 1999 Estimates to raise the income threshold or the rent subsidy in the shared ownership scheme.More Button

Written Answers - Housing Loans.

Asked the minister: the interest rate charged on shared ownership or other housing loans issued by local authorities; the additional charges, if any, made for mortgage protection or insurance; the plans, if any, he has t...More Button

Written Answers - Security of the Elderly.

Asked the minister: if he has made money available in the 1999 Estimates to continue to fund the valuable scheme of community support for older people to address the security needs of older people.More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions.

Asked the minister: the provision, if any, he has made in the 1999 Estimates for an increase in threshold of £75,000 from the sale of a house which may be exempted in certain circumstances when calculating eligibility fo...More Button

Written Answers - Family Income Supplement.

Asked the minister: the number of claimants receiving family income supplement prior to the change to calculation on a net basis and since the change; if he has satisfied himself that people are being adequately informed...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the minister: the extent, if any, to which a rent supplement is affected when a person receives a back to education allowance.More Button

Written Answers - Junior Certificate Examination.

Asked the minister: the plans, if any, he has to introduce a revised system of assessment at junior certificate level for the students for whom the academic system is unsuitable.More Button

Written Answers - Video Material.

Asked the minister: the conditions under which video material may be circulated for use in schools by outside organisations; the vetting process, if any, for this material; and if alternative viewpoints can also be circu...More Button

Written Answers - School Discipline.

Asked the minister: the plans, if any, he has to introduce guidelines for schools on the suspension and expulsion of students, including putting in place a set of steps which must be taken to ensure that the option of su...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Asked the minister: if he will make a commitment to ensure that special needs teachers are automatically replaced when they leave their posts on either a temporary or permanent basis.More Button

Written Answers - Education Services.

Asked the minister: the plans, if any, he has to provide funding and back up to groups offering support to students outside the educational mainstream.More Button

Written Answers - School Funding.

Asked the minister: the plans, if any, he has to introduce equitable funding into the school system to ensure that all schools of the same size and pupil and area profile have the same funding.More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Asked the minister: the plans, if any, for targeting resources for educationally disadvantaged students to ensure that those resources are utilised to their maximum potential for those for whom they are intended.More Button

Asked the minister: the plans, if any, he has to make the applied leaving certificate accessible to students with disabilities.More Button

Written Answers - Leaving Certificate Examination.

Asked the minister: the plans, if any, he has to promote the value of the applied leaving certificate among employers, many of whom fail to appreciate the value of the qualification.More Button

Written Answers - Early School Leavers.

Asked the minister: the deadline for the elimination of the problem of early school leavers in view of the fact that 85 per cent are from disadvantaged backgrounds; and his views on whether 2002 is a viable target as ind...More Button

Written Answers - Educational Projects.

Asked the minister: the plans, if any, for the integration and co-ordination at local and national levels of special schemes aimed at breaking the links between poverty and education.More Button

Written Answers - Curriculum and Assessment Methods.

Asked the minister: the plans, if any, he has to adopt the recommendation of CORI to establish a national forum to oversee the reform of the curriculum and assessment methods at senior cycle.More Button

Written Answers - Adult Education.

Asked the minister: the way in which he will encourage greater participation in adult education by those who have previously been failed by the education system in view of the fact that less than 9 per cent of students b...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Asked the minister: when he will implement the task force report on the education of travelling people.More Button

Written Answers - School Attendance.

Asked the minister: the way in which he will tackle the escalating problem of non-attendance at school which is caused in many cases by students involvement in part-time work during the school week in addition to other s...More Button

Written Answers - Education Services.

Asked the minister: if his Department will carry out an audit of the non-mainstream educational supports available with a view to providing formal recognition, central co-ordination and support for their efforts.More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Admission.

Asked the minister: if he will introduce an alternative third level entry system for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.More Button

Written Answers - Home-School Liaison Scheme.

Asked the minister: the plans, if any, he has to evaluate the implementation and success of the home liaison scheme in order to take account of the home environment of students when assessing their educational needs and ...More Button

Written Answers - Student Support Schemes.

Asked the minister: if his Department will establish a means for the central assessment of the payment criteria and the payment methods for grants.More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Asked the minister: if he will introduce a separate assessment system for students with disabilities at all levels in the senior cycle.More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Admissions.

Asked the minister: if he will introduce a system to allow for progression from community or voluntary learning to third level.More Button

Written Answers - Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme.

Asked the minister: if he will outline the differences, if any, between the terms and conditions or the benefits of the vocational training opportunities scheme as compared to the back to edu cation allowance scheme.More Button

Asked the minister: the type of part-time and full-time approved courses for which a place on the vocational training opportunities scheme can be obtained at second level and in further education; the type of courses whi...More Button

Written Answers - Student Support Schemes.

Asked the minister: if students who receive a maintenance grant at post leaving certificate level can subsequently receive a grant at diploma and degree levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Scientific and Technology Fund.

Asked the minister: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 376 of 24 November 1998, he will outline the way in which £100 million will be spent on the educational technology investments in view of the fact that on 24 ...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants.

Asked the minister: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 375 of 24 November 1998, he will give the comparative data for 1998 and 1999 on the basis of projected student participation and projected spending; and if he...More Button


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