Education and Library Board Services

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 23rd June 2005.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will provide additional funding to the South Eastern Education and Library Board to enable it to reverse its recent announcement of cuts to school crossing patrol services within its catchment area.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

Further to my answer about the change in funding for Education and Library Board services for 2005–06 of 20 June 2005, Hansard, column 848W, I can also advise that boards have significant flexibility in deciding how to use resources allocated to them and, therefore, the decision to reduce the number of crossing patrols in the South Eastern Board is an operational matter for the Board.

I am assured by the Board that school crossing patrols have only been removed in a small number of areas, and that, in all cases, the Board is satisfied that removal of the service does not jeopardise the safety of children.

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