Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (130, 131)

Paul McGrath

Question:

261 Mr. P. McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children when the development control plan for phase 2B of the Midland Regional Hospital at Mullingar was lodged in her Department; if she will make this plan available for review; and the indicative time frame for the implementation of this plan. [25084/04]

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Paul McGrath

Question:

262 Mr. P. McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the stages through which the proposed phase 2B of the Midland Regional Hospital at Mullingar must proceed on its progress to the finalisation of this project. [25085/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 261 and 262 together.

Having examined the board's stage 2 submission, development control plan, for phase 2B of the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, my Department approved proceeding to stage 3 planning for the project. The stages through which the project must now proceed, to its completion, are stages 3 to 8 inclusive which are as follows: stage 3 — sketch design; stages 4 and 5 — detail design including tender documentation; stage 6 — invitation of tenders-contract award; stage 7 — construction works; and stage 8 — equipping and commissioning. The development control plan was lodged with my Department in early 2004. As the Midland Health Board is the client for the project, a request to view the plan should be addressed to the board. The Department's letter of approval to proceed to stage 3 planning requested the preparation, by the board, of a management plan for all remaining planning stages to tender stage. This management plan, when available, will allow the preparation of a time frame for completion of the project.