Thursday, 12 February 2004

Questions (140)

John Perry


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 at 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.