Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

165 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science his proposals, notwithstanding the information posted on his website, to respond to the requirements of facilities at St. Mary's College, Naas, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10628/03]

In view of the scale of the school building programme for 2003 and having regard to the level of financial commitments to be met from projects already in construction, my Department does not envisage that it will be in a position during this year to initiate architectural planning on any further large scale projects including St. Mary's College in Naas.

The project will be considered further in the context of the 2004 capital programme.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

166 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science his proposals, notwithstanding the information posted on his website or previous replies in the matter, to respond to the requirements as set out by the authorities at the Salesian College, Celbridge, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10629/03]

Given the level of financial commitments to be met from projects already in construction, I do not envisage that my Department will be in a position during this year to initiate architectural planning for any further large scale building projects including the project at the Salesian College, Celbridge.

The project will, however, be considered in the context of the capital programme for 2004.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

167 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science his plans, notwithstanding his website information, to meet the requirements of the school authorities at St. Patrick's post-primary school, Naas, County Kildare; if he has advanced the proposals with the authorities at Kildare VEC; when he expects to bring the issue to a conclusion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10630/03]

Emmet Stagg

Question:

182 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science if the chief executive officer of the County Kildare VEC has submitted further sites for consideration in relation to the provision of new facilities for St. Patrick's post-primary school, Naas, County Kildare; if, in the interim, he will sanction the required refurbishment works to the existing school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10706/03]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 167 and 182 together.

My Department's post primary building unit will be considering all options submitted in relation to the future location of St. Patrick's post-primary school, Naas including the provision of a new school on a greenfield site in Naas town environs.

The chief executive officer has recently been authorised to advertise for a site and when the report on the outcome of this process has been submitted to my Department's building unit, the matter will be considered further.

The preferred option will be the most advantageous from the educational, economical and architectural points of view.

The chief executive officer has not applied for funding toward the cost of any interim refurbishment works.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

168 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress in regard to the provision of the extra facilities required at St. Killian's junior and senior schools, Kingswood, Dublin 24; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10631/03]

The 2003 school building programme has now been published and full details in relation to individual projects are available on my Department's website at www.education.ie.

On the basis of the budgetary allocation it was not possible to include any further projects in 2003. The budgetary allocation for 2004 and subsequent years will determine the rate of progress on projects that could not be included in this year's programme.

In the meantime, individual schools should use their devolved grant to deal with any urgent health and safety works.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

169 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science if and when he intends to respond to requirements as set out by the authorities at Millicent school, Clane, County Kildare, notwithstanding his website posting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10632/03]

The programme published on my Department's website is designed to give the maximum amount of information to managers, boards of management, principals, parents and students and to give an assurance that it is being operated in an open and transparent manner. Detailed information has been provided in the programme regarding the status of projects and section 1 provides a cost summary on how funding is to be expended.

It should be clear to the Deputy, therefore, that the budgetary allocation for 2004 and subsequent years will determine the rate of progress on applications and projects that could not be included in this year's programme.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

170 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science if, notwithstanding the information he has posted on his website, his attention has been drawn to the need for the facilities required at Scoil Mochua, Aghards, Celbridge, County Kildare; if he intends to respond to the urgent requests as set out by the school authorities in the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10633/03]

The programme published on my Department's website is designed to give the maximum amount of information to managers, boards of management, principals, parents and students and to give an assurance that it is being operated in an open and transparent manner. Detailed information has been provided in the programme regarding the status of projects and section 1 provides a cost summary on how funding is to be expended.

It should be clear to the Deputy, therefore, that the budgetary allocation for 2004 and subsequent years will determine the rate of progress on applications and projects that could not be included in this year's programme.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

171 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the position in regard to the provision of the extra facilities required at each of the primary schools in Celbridge, County Kildare, notwithstanding his website posting; his intention to engage with the school authorities with a view to meeting their requirements as set out in the foreseeable future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10634/03]

The programme published on my Department's website is designed to give the maximum amount of information to managers, boards of management, principals, parents and students and to give an assurance that it is being operated in an open and transparent manner. Detailed information has been provided in the programme regarding the status of projects and section 1 provides a cost summary on how funding is to be expended.

It should be clear to the Deputy, therefore, that the budgetary allocation for 2004 and subsequent years will determine the rate of progress on applications and projects that could not be included in this year's programme.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

172 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to respond to the accommodation and facilities needs in respect of Robertstown primary school, County Kildare, notwithstanding his website posting; if his attention has been drawn to the seriously deficient facilities there; his views on whether the condition of the scheme is compliant with health and safety standards; if he intends to take remedial action on this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10635/03]

The programme published on my Department's website is designed to give the maximum amount of information to managers, boards of management, principals, parents and students and to give an assurance that it is being operated in an open and transparent manner. Detailed information has been provided in the programme regarding the status of projects and section 1 provides a cost summary on how funding is to be expended.

It should be clear to the Deputy, therefore, that the budgetary allocation for 2004 and subsequent years will determine the rate of progress on applications and projects that could not be included in this year's programme. In the meantime, individual schools should use their devolved grant to deal with any urgent health and safety works.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

173 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science his plans for the provision of a new school in Kill, County Kildare, notwithstanding his website information; the current status of negotiations in regard to the future facilities and location including site acquisition; his intentions to respond to the issue in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10636/03]

The programme published on my Department's website is designed to give the maximum amount of information to managers, boards of management, principals, parents and students and to give an assurance that it is being operated in an open and transparent manner. Detailed information has been provided in the programme regarding the status of projects and section 1 provides a cost summary on how funding is to be expended.

It should be clear to the Deputy, therefore, that the budgetary allocation for 2004 and subsequent years will determine the rate of progress on projects, including site acquisitions, that could not be included in this year's programme.