Written answers

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Department of Education and Science

School Transport

10:00 pm

Photo of Andrew DoyleAndrew Doyle (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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Question 206: To ask the Minister for Education and Science his views on alternative assistance to school bus operators in view of the ending of the derogation of the excise tax on diesel for buses. [45445/08]

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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As I announced in the budget, the allocation for school transport in 2009 allows for a compensatory allowance to be paid to private operators on contract to Bus Éireann, under the school transport scheme.

Bus Éireann is currently writing to all contractors seeking documentation relating to previous fuel rebate claims submitted to the Revenue Commissioners, with a deadline date of 19th December. The process of determining the level of any compensatory allowance to be paid will be progressed on the basis of the documentation received from contractors.

Photo of Rory O'HanlonRory O'Hanlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Question 207: To ask the Minister for Education and Science the cost of school transport for the most recent year that figures are available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45415/08]

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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In 2007, the allocation for school transport was €165 million and the outturn was €172.106 million. The allocation for 2008 is €175.206 million.

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