I propose to take Questions Nos. 146, 150,152,154,156,157,158 and 164 together.
My Department has an extensive primary school building programme for 2002 under way at present, details of which are available on my Department's website at www.education.ie.
Architectural planning has commenced for major building projects at the schools referred to by the Deputy except Tiermohan national school; Scoil Uí Fhiach, Maynooth and Scoil Clochar Naofa, Kilcock.
Decisions on projects that are in architectural planning proceeding to tender and construction in 2003 will be taken in the light of the annual allocation for primary school buildings, taking into account the contractual commitments to be met on projects approved and the priority to be afforded to individual projects.
In view of the extensive nature of the programme, my Department has no plans at present to start architectural planning for further major primary school building projects. My Department will be reviewing the position in the light of the allocation to be made for the primary building programme at the completion of the 2003 Estimates process.
In the meantime, boards of management should ensure that essential health and safety issues at the school are attended to. They should therefore continue to use the devolved grant for minor works and if the cost of any works of an emergency nature exceeds the amount available under the devolved grant, they may apply to my Department's building unit for grant aid.