HC Deb 30 November 1990 vol 181 cc497-8W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will reinstate the grant to the Irish language group, Glor na Gael; and if he will make a statement on his reasons for terminating the grant.

1985–86 £ 1986–87 £ 1987–88 £ 1988–89 £ 1989–90 £
Prison Education 22,294 34,618 29,400 31,582 37,044
Action for Community Employment Programme 64,002 140,830 187,274 290,855 315,175
Belfast Action Team Initiative 1,000 2,219 89,204
Arts Council for Northern Ireland 2,000 4,000 5,000 5,000 19,000
Central Community Relations Unit 88,065
Origin of Placenames Project 47,230 100,000 121,000
Total 88,296 179,448 269,904 429,656 669,488

It is not possible to disaggregate the cost of provision for the teaching of Irish in schools and colleges of further education in Northern Ireland. Irish-medium education is provided in Bunscoil Phobal Feirste in Belfast and Steelstown primary school in Londonderry. In 1989–90 the running costs for such Irish-medium education were approximately £367,000. Figures for earlier years are not readily available. Capital grants have also been made in the past to the Bunscoil amounting to £443,000. A further allocation of £20,000 has been made available to Bunscoil Phobal Feirste to assist in the development and production of curriculum materials in the Irish language.

Mr. Cope

This matter is now before the courts on an application for judicial review which must be allowed to take its course.