Dáil Éireann - Volume 475 - 05 March, 1997

Written Answers. - Departmental Reports.

151. Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Education the number of reports or studies which have been commissioned by her since her appointment; the cost of each report in each case; whether the report has been made publicly available; and if not the reason, therefor. [6125/97]

152. Mr. B. Ahern asked the Minister for Education the number of consultants' reports commissioned by her Department since she took office; the number which have been completed; and the cost to date. [6141/97]

Minister for Education (Ms Bhreathnach): I propose to take Questions Nos. 151 and 152 together.

The information requested by the Deputies is given in the following tabular statement. In the cases where reports were not published, the reports were commissioned solely for my Department's own specific requirements.

Year of Commission: 1993

Purpose

Agency

Cost

Published

£

(1) Post-Primary school needs of the Castleknock/Laurel Lodge, Dublin area

UCD (Service Industries Research Centre)

4,255

No

(2) The in-service education needs of post-primary teachers and schools

Association of Teachers' Centres in Ireland

22,000

No

(3) Report on the National Education Convention

Convention Secretariat

39,020

Yes

(4) Evaluation of the Vocational Training Opportunity Scheme

Workers Research Centre Social and Economic Consultants

33,921

No

(5) National Literacy Survey

St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra (Educational Research Centre)

149,925

Nearing completion

(6) National Dossier on the Irish Education system for EU

Ms Mary McCann

8,100

No

(7) Research into co-education at post-primary school level.

Economic and Social Research Institute

120,000

Yes

(8) Active Life for disabled youth. Integration in the school project.

St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, (Education Research Centre)

2,000

No

(9) National Survey of involvement in Sport and Physical Recreation.

Irish Marketing Surveys

21,160

Yes

(10) Third-Level Student Support

Review Group: Dr. Dónal de Buitléir (Chairman)

2,888

Yes

(11) Future Development of Higher Education

Steering Group under the HEA

64,500

Yes

[1827][1828] Year of Commission: 1994

Purpose

Agency

Cost

Published

£

(1) Post-Primary School needs of Knocklyon, area Dublin

UCD (Service Industries Research Centre)

4,857

No

(2) Analysis of existing research/reports on in-career development needs in the Irish education sector

UCC (Education Department)

12,428

No

(3) Evaluation of the Early Start Programme

St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, (Education Research Centre)

Ongoing

Ongoing

(4) Inspection of Records of Co. Westmeath vocational education committee

Séamus Paircéir

4,000

Yes

(5) Assessment of School Chemical Waste Disposal Practices

Forbairt

568

No

(6) Report on Letterkenny regional technical college

Dr. Miriam Hederman O'Brien

15,000

Yes

(7) Report on the Roundtable Discussions on the Minister for Education's Position Paper: Regional Educational Councils

Dr. John Coolahan & Mr. Séamus McGuinness

5,200

Yes

(8) National Dossier on the Irish Education system for EU

Dr. John Coolahan

15,800

No

(9) Feasibility Study on a National 50 metre Swimming Pool

Kit Campbell Associates and Faulkner Browns

42,000

No

(10) Evaluation of Adult Literacy and Community Education Scheme

St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, (Education Research Centre)

30,000

No

Year of Commission: 1995

Purpose

Agency

Cost

Published

£

(1) Educational Disadvantage

Combat Poverty Agency

10,500

Yes

(2) An evaluation of current Financial and Management Control Systems in the Centres for Young Offenders

Oliver Freaney & Co.

19,568

No

(3) Feasibility study report for a project to computerise the administration of ESF aided programmes at second-level

Coopers and Lybrand

28,607

No

(4) Report on achieving arrangements for accumulated payroll history and examination results records

Cimtech Ltd.

8,455

No

(5) Examinations Branch Study

Cimtech Ltd.

8,868

No

(6) Manual for science teachers on the disposal of unwanted chemicals held in school science laboratories

Forbairt

16,688

Yes

(7) ESF Youthreach Review

CHL Consultants

32,000

No

(8) Communications Study

Drury Communications

22,869

No

(9) Strategic Management

Price Waterhouse

33,578

Ongoing

(10) Review of quality assurance procedures in the Dublin Institute of Technology

International Review Team

80,000

No

(11) Report on Remedial Education Course Programme

St. Michael's House Research

20,115 to date

Ongoing

(12) Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport in Ireland

Committee Chaired by Dr. Breda McLeavey

18,893

Yes

(13) Targeting Sporting Change

Committee chaired by John Treacy

not yet available

Yes

Year of Commission: 1996

Purpose

Agency

Cost

Published

£

(1) To identify training and development needs of staff in the Department

Hay-Management Consultants

51,495

No

(2) White Paper Structures

Deloitte and Touche

82,745 (to date)

Ongoing

(3) Examinations Arts Review

Price Waterhouse

59,985

No

(4) Examinations Appeals System Review

Price Waterhouse

6,050

Yes

(5) Inquiry: Co. Westmeath vocational education committee

Ms. Máire Nic Uidhir

1,725

No

(6) School Transport Scheme Review

Review Group Chairman: Professor J. Bristow, TCD)

11,500 (to date)

Ongoing

[1829][1830](7) Funding of Second Level Schools

Steering Group consisting of interested parties. Mr. Edward Blackstock (Chairman)

no cost to date

Ongoing

(8) Commission on School Accommodation — vocational education committee Review

Steering Group: Mr. Frank Murray (Chairman)

25,867

Yes

Year of Commission: 1997

Purpose

Agency

Cost

Published

£

(1) High Level Group to advise on the Technological Sector

Committee chaired by Prof. Dervilla Donnelly

no costs to date

Ongoing

(2) Study Group to advise on the appropriate level of provision of education and training places for school leavers and others.

Group chaired by Dr. Dónal de Buitléir

no costs to date

Ongoing

(3) Review of outreach centres of higher education institutions.

Higher Education Authority supported by Technical Working Group

no cost to date

Ongoing