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St Patrick’s and St Joseph’s Primary School, Glenullin and Garvagh

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 19th January 2016.

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Photo of Adrian McQuillan Adrian McQuillan DUP 3:15 pm, 19th January 2016

T8. Mr McQuillan asked the Minister of Education whether he thinks that it is fair that St Patrick’s and St Joseph’s Primary School in Glenullin and Garvagh, which was brought together under a federation and now operates on two sites, has been told by the Education Authority that it will not receive funding this year because, down to shrewd management, it had, at the end of March 2015, managed to save a surplus of £57,000. (AQT 3358/11-16)

Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin

That is difficult to answer, because I do not know whether the amount of money that the Member refers to is in line with the school's agreed surplus. Schools can carry a surplus or a deficit of up to 5%. Given that we are living in constrained times, the Education Authority has been working with and, in some cases, challenging schools over the amount of surplus that they are carrying.

I am not suggesting that that is the case here, but I know that, in other cases, the Education Authority has been pointing out to schools that either their surplus is beginning to get out of control, for want of a better term, or their deficit is in a similar scenario.

Photo of Roy Beggs Roy Beggs UUP 3:30 pm, 19th January 2016

That is the end of the period for questions to the Minister of Education. I ask Members to take their ease for a few moments.

Photo of Seán Rogers Seán Rogers Social Democratic and Labour Party

On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I apologise for missing my question to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment yesterday. It was an administrative error, as I was at a British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly committee meeting.

(Mr Deputy Speaker [Mr Dallat] in the Chair)