Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Questions (167, 169)

Kevin Humphreys

Question:

167. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 459, 460, 461 and 462 of 18 September 2013, if he will provide a breakdown by number of hours of work given by staff of the Office of Public Works alongside the grade of the staff member, towards the drafting and provision of the design work, planning guidance and any other assistance provided by the Office of Public Works to the Irish Jewish Museum in the preparation and submission of its planning permission; the hours of work and the grade of staff that carried out same that has been required and deployed in preparing requested further information since the planning permission for the museum was appealed to An Bord Pleanála; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41311/13]

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Kevin Humphreys

Question:

169. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works keeps a record of the work done in its design services division and monitors the number of hours of professional services that are deployed or required of an individual project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41313/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 167 and 169 together.

I indicated in my response to the Deputy on 19 September 2013 that support for this project was met from within the OPW's standing capacity. Procedures are in place to monitor and manage the resource input by professional services in OPW. This includes the recording of the grade and contributed hours of all professional staff employed on the project. These records inform OPW management on the efficient use of and deployment of its resources. Where requirements arise to support initiatives or provide services outside of the strict parameters of a project timeline, as occurred in this instance, the recording of the full extent of such resource inputs is not as assiduously observed. Nevertheless an estimate of the technical contribution recorded from 2010 to 2013 on this project in regard to architectural, engineering and quantity surveying services equates to one person for 58 weeks.