Dáil Éireann - Volume 446 - 02 November, 1994

Written Answers. - Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.

[1582] 204. Mrs. T. Ahearn asked the Minister for Education the guidelines used in determining the disadvantaged status of schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2703/94]

Minister for Education (Ms Bhreathnach): Schools are selected for inclusion in the disadvantaged areas scheme on the basis of priority of need as reflected by a range of socio-economic indicators. Factors taken into account include the incidence of unemployment, local authority housing and medical card holders among the parents of the children concerned. Account is also taken of the relative levels of need between schools and the prevailing pupil teacher ratios.