Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Emmet Stagg

Question:

186 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason the new primary school for Naas, which is at an advanced stage of architectural planning and deemed absolutely essential by his Department, will not progress any further in 2003; when the project will begin construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10710/03]

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.

Emmet Stagg

Question:

187 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science the estimated cost of the required extension to Scoil Na Mainistreacha, Celbridge, County Kildare; if the project will proceed to construction in 2004 in view of the fact that the project is at an advanced stage of architectural planning; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10711/03]

My Department is not in a position to provide estimated costs of building projects in advance of placing a contract as to do so would compromise the tendering process. 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.

Emmet Stagg

Question:

188 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science the estimated cost of the required new school for Rathmore NS, Naas, County Kildare; if the project will proceed to construction in 2004 in view of the fact that the project is at an advanced stage of architectural planning; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10712/03]

My Department is not in a position to provide estimated costs of building projects in advance of placing a contract as to do so would compromise the tendering process. 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.

Emmet Stagg

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189 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason he has frozen the architectural planning stage of the new school for Gaelscoil Uí Riada, Kilcock, County Kildare; when the school will be built based on the 2004, 2005 and 2006 capital programmes for primary schools being the same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10713/03]

The large scale project for Gaelscoil Uí Riada, Kilcock, is listed in section 7 of the school building programme. Projects listed in section 7 of the programme are at an early stage of architectural planning and will not be authorised to progress beyond their current stage of architectural planning for the time being. The budgetary allocation for 2004 and subsequent years will determine the rate of progress on these projects.

Emmet Stagg

Question:

190 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science the average length of time it takes for a project to go through architectural planning; whether the required extension to the Presentation Convent, Maynooth, County Kildare, is in architectural planning since November 2001; his further views on whether the Maynooth school's project is still only at an early stage of architectural planning; if so, the reason this planning stage has been frozen in 2003; and his further views on whether it makes sense to at least allow this stage of the project to proceed in order that it might be considered for funding in the 2004 programme. [10714/03]

The rate of progress to construction depends on factors such as the complexity and size of the project, the time required to undertake architectural planning, the volume of other projects being dealt with by the design team and my Department's building unit, the period of time required for the granting of planning permission and obtaining a fire certificate, the availability of funding, the outcome of the tender competition and the procurement, where relevant, of bonds, insurance and tax clearance by prospective contractors.

The large scale project for Presentation Convent, Maynooth, is listed in section 7 of the school building programme. Projects listed in Section 7 of the programme are at an early stage of architectural planning and will not be authorised to progress beyond their current stage of architectural planning for the time being. The budgetary allocation for 2004 and subsequent years will determine the rate of progress on these projects.