The manager of the school referred to by the Deputy applied to my Department in November 1997 for grant assistance towards the cost of a range of capital improvement works at the school. My Department examined the application and subsequently advised the school authorities that it was not in a position to approve funding for the proposed scheme due to the level of existing contractual commitments and available capital funding.
In March 1998 my Department received a further application for grant assistance towards the cost of other improvement works at the school. The local Office of Public Works has been requested to furnish a report on the proposed works. When this report is received, a decision will be taken on the application in the light of the urgency of the works and available capital funding. I will keep the Deputy informed of developments.