Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Questions (81, 82)

Olwyn Enright

Question:

167 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science the expected time-scale before St. Manchan’s national school, Tubber, Moate, County Westmeath will be progressed to stage four and five; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6185/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

The proposed large-scale building project for St. Manchan's national school, Tubber, Moate, County Offaly 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 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.

Olwyn Enright

Question:

168 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science when it is expected that St. Manchan’s national school, Tubber, Moate, County Westmeath will hear from his Department authorising their design team to go ahead to advanced architectural planning; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6186/04]

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The proposed large-scale building project for St. Manchan's national school, Tubber, Moate, County Offaly 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 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.