Thursday, 1 February 2007
Department of Defence
Defence Forces Training
Question 60: To ask the Minister for Defence the number of commissioned and non-commissioned personnel currently attending third level education; the range of courses involved; the cost incurred in 2004 and 2005; the funding provided for third level education under the refund of fees scheme operated by his Department; the number of applications received in 2004 and 2005; and the number of applicants successful in receiving grants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2922/07]
The military authorities have advised that there are currently 228 commissioned and non-commissioned personnel attending education courses at third level, ranging from Certificate to Masters Degree level. The fees incurred in relation to such courses amounted to â¬663,188 in 2004 and to â¬578,130 in 2005.
The number of applications received from military personnel for refunds of course fees, in respect of third level education in the individual's own time, was 35 in 2004. The figure for 2005 was 51. All applications made were granted. The level of funding available for the Refunds of Fees Scheme for military personnel for third level courses was â¬70,000 in 2004 and â¬72,000 in 2005.