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Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 559 No. 6

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 79. Ms Burton Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  asked the Minister for Education and Science Information on Noel Dempsey Zoom on Noel Dempsey  the implications for teacher numbers and the pupil ratio of the decision announced in the budget to reduce public service numbers by 5,000 and to impose a freeze on future recruitment; the number of teaching positions that will be affected by these decisions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26691/02]

Minister for Education and Science (Mr. N. Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey Zoom on Noel Dempsey My Department is in consultation with the Department of Finance regarding the implementation of the decision to which the Deputy refers.

It is not possible at this stage to quantify the implications, if any, of this decision for staffing allocations in the education system.

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