Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Public Accounts Committee

Comptroller and Auditor General Special Report 98: Provision of School Transport

9:00 am

Mr. Stephen Kent:

We try to deploy them as efficiently as we can every year. The issue that continues to confront us is that the closing date for this is around 27 July. We are also trying to get everything else in place for the beginning of the school year in September, five to six weeks later. Until we know exactly where the demand will emerge every year, we almost have to evaluate it on a year-to-year basis. To cater for that, particularly in the case of any mix or change in demand, we retender the contract. As I said, 20% of all of the service is retendered to make sure we are getting efficiency and value. Second, all of the routes continue to be reviewed. At this point we have made it clear that if there is any audit requirement, or if any way can be found to improve efficiency and utilisation, we will work with anybody who wants to review that with us. We will be completely open and co-operative on that.