Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (271, 272)

Kathleen Lynch

Question:

384 Ms Lynch asked the Minister for Education and Science when work will commence on the extension at Riverstown national school, Glanmire, Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1127/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

The proposed large scale building project for Riverstown national school is listed in section 8 of the 2004 school building programme, which is published on my Department's website atwww.education.ie. This proposed project is at stage 3 — developed sketch scheme — of architectural planning. It has been assigned a band 2 rating by my Department in accordance with the published criteria for prioritising large scale projects. The proposed project will be authorised to progress to advanced architectural planning during 2004. Indicative timescales have been included for large scale projects proceeding to tender in 2004. The budget announcement regarding multiannual capital envelopes will enable me to adopt a multiannual framework for the school building programme, which, in turn, will give greater clarity regarding projects that are not progressing in this year's programme. I will make a further announcement in that regard during the year.

Brendan Howlin

Question:

385 Mr. Howlin asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding the building project for Bridgetown Vocational College, County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1131/04]

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The proposed large-scale building project for Bridgetown Vocational School is listed in section 8 of the 2004 school building programme which is published on my Department's website atwww.education.ie. This proposed project is at an advanced stage of architectural planning, i.e. bill of quantities. It has been assigned a 'band 2' rating by my Department in accordance with the published criteria for prioritising large-scale projects.

Indicative timescales have been included in the school building programme for large-scale projects proceeding to tender in 2004. The budget announcement regarding multi-annual capital envelopes will enable me to adopt a multi-annual framework for the school building programme which in turn will give greater clarity regarding projects that are not progressing in this year's programme.

I will make a further announcement in that regard during the year.