Thursday, 12 February 2004

Questions (140)

John Perry

Question:

140 Mr. Perry asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the situation regarding schools (details supplied) in the schools building programme 2004; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that the teachers and children are in totally inadequate sub-standard accommodation and that the local contribution of €25,000 has been raised since 2001; if he will give a firm guarantee that the amalgamation of accommodation will proceed immediately; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4508/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

The proposed large-scale building project for the school referred to by the Deputy 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, detailed plans/costs, of architectural planning. It has been assigned a band 1 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 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.