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Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 559 No. 6

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 81. Mr. Costello Information on Joe Costello Zoom on Joe Costello  asked the Minister for Education and Science Information on Noel Dempsey Zoom on Noel Dempsey  the reason for the reduction of 13% in the funding for university scholarships, research grants and fellowships in his Department's estimates for 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26693/02]

Minister for Education and Science (Mr. N. Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey Zoom on Noel Dempsey The 2003 budgets for each of the research areas funded by my Department have not yet been determined or notified to the agencies.

The overall provision for research has increased from a revised estimates volume figure of €41.139 million in 2002 to €48.87 million in 2003. This increase reflects my commitment to maintaining the progress being made to engender the requisite skills in third level to develop a knowledge-based society.

The costs of schemes administered by the agencies such as the Higher Education Authority, Institutes of Technology, Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Science will be met from this overall provision. As part of the process of determining the allocations for 2003, officials of my Department have met with a number of these agencies.

Following the consultation process budgets will be finalised and notified to the agencies.

Question No. 82 answered with Question No. 61.

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