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Willie Penrose

Question:

274 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Health and Children the work which has been carried out to date by the project team appointed to undertake an option appraisal for a health infrastructure in Athlone, County Westmeath; the timescale involved in relation to the project brief; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4079/03]

The project team for the proposed Athlone health infrastructure has prepared a draft design brief for the project. The draft brief was prepared to inform the carrying out of an option appraisal by a firm of architects appointed by the Midland Health Board.

The option appraisal is complete and the project team is in the process of finalising the design brief, taking account of the architect's recommended preferred option. The board expects completion of the design brief in April, 2003.