Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

James Breen

Question:

219 Mr. J. Breen asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will honour the commitment given to Clarecastle primary school by his Department in January 2001 and February 2002 that funding will be provided for a new school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10972/03]

Pat Breen

Question:

229 Mr. P. Breen asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will restore funding for Clarecastle primary school in County Clare which is necessary to resolve the existing classroom accommodation crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10983/03]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 219 and 229 together.

The 2003 school building programme has now been published and full details of 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.