Dáil Éireann - Volume 285 - 19 November, 1975

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Telefís Scoile.

10. Mr. Wilson asked the Minister for Education the amounts of money his Department has allocated to Telefís Scoile in the years 1973-74, 1974-75 and 1975-76.

Mr. Richard Burke: The amounts of money allocated to Telefís Scoile for the school years 1973-74, 1974-75 and 1975-76 are £106,314, £118,790 and £60,000.

Mr. Wilson: Is it true that, because the money was not available from his Department, programmes had to be [1534] postponed during this academic year 1975-1976?

Mr. Richard Burke: No. The cutback in expenditure on Telefís Scoile for 1975-1976 is not related solely to budgetary conditions.

Mr. Wilson: Is it a fact that no new programmes have been made for the year 1975-1976?

Mr. Richard Burke: In reply to the Deputy, the whole matter is being investigated.

Mr. Wilson: Is it a fact that what we are getting now are re-runs and no new programmes have been made for 1975-1976 due to lack of finance?

Mr. Richard Burke: That was not part of the question.

Mr. Colley: Does the Minister not know?

Mr. Wilson: Is it true that no Telefís Scoile programme was shown before mid-October?

Mr. Richard Burke: That is a specific question and if the Deputy tables it I will answer it.

Dr. Byrne: Can the Deputy not relate his supplementary questions to the question on the Order Paper and to the reply given by the Minister? This is a shocking waste of parliamentary time.

An Ceann Comhairle: That is a matter for the Chair. Question No. 11.

Mr. J. Lynch: Sir, you should get out of the Chair and let the Deputy do the work.

Mr. C. Murphy: Could I ask the Minister——

An Ceann Comhairle: I have called the next question.