Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Education and Skills
Pearse Doherty (Donegal South West, Sinn Fein)
Question 247: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the proposed savings to be attained from the changes introduced to post primary school transport; if he will review the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8208/12]
Ciarán Cannon (Galway East, Fine Gael)
The Deputy will be aware that changes to the School Transport Scheme, including the ceasing of the catchment boundary system effective from the 2012/2013 school year, were announced in Budget 2011 and derive from recommendations in the Value for Money Review of the Scheme. There is no scope for reversing these changes as under the four year recovery plan, there is a requirement to deliver savings of €17 million on the school transport budget and all these measures, including the ceasing of the catchment boundary system, are an integral part of this.