Written answers

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Department of Education and Science

School Transport

9:00 pm

Photo of Rory O'HanlonRory O'Hanlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Question 557: To ask the Minister for Education and Science if new arrangements will be made for persons providing school bus services as a result of section 99 of the Finance Act 1999 ceasing on 31 October 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35935/08]

Photo of Rory O'HanlonRory O'Hanlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Question 622: To ask the Minister for Education and Science if new arrangements will be made for persons providing school bus services as a result of section 99 of the Finance Act 1999 ceasing on 31 October 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35936/08]

Photo of Seán HaugheySeán Haughey (Minister of State, Department of Education and Science; Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Dublin North Central, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 557 and 622 together.

I recently indicated that the allocation for school transport in the 2009 estimates allows for a compensatory allowance to be paid to private contractors who were previously availing of a fuel rebate scheme until the end of this month.

My Department has initiated discussions with Bus Éireann, which operates the school transport scheme, regarding the nature of the arrangements to be put in place.

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