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Schools: Northern Ireland

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much the Northern Ireland Department of Education has spent on (a) Irish language and culture teaching in schools; and (b) Ulster-Scots language and culture teaching in schools in each of the past five years.[HL6466]

The Department of Education allocates funds to schools on the basis of the common funding formula and it is a matter for schools to determine their spending. The department has supported Irish and Ulster-Scots curriculum materials as follows.

Year

Resources

Activity

2005-06

£49,000

Ulster-Scots primary materials

£67,000

Irish language Key Stage 3 materials

2004-05

Nil

2003-04

£86,000

Irish-medium primary reading and mathematics schemes

2002-03

Nil

2001-02

Nil