Thursday, 7 February 2019

Questions (104)

Barry Cowen

Question:

104. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the breakdown of the €764,055,000 capital allocation in first, second and early years education within his Department for 2019, by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6020/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The capital allocation available to my Department in 2019 under First, Second and Early Years Education amounts to €764,055 and it is envisaged that it will be expended as follows:

Primary and Post-Primary Infrastructure - €622m

Public Private Partnership Costs - €84.055m

Miscellaneous Grants and Services - €54.9m

Special memorial for abuse victims - €0.5m

Administration - €2.6m

The Primary and Post-Primary Infrastructure allocation will be expended primarily on the delivery of large scale projects that commenced on site in 2018 or earlier and remain under construction in 2019 and for large scale projects that are positioned to commence construction in 2019. Almost €450m will be expended on the delivery of large scale projects and on the Additional Accommodation Scheme. Details of the large scale projects and the Additional Accommodation Scheme projects are available on my Department's website which is updated regularly.

The remaining balance available in 2019 will be expended on site acquisitions, the Summer Works Scheme, the Emergency Works Scheme, furniture and equipment provision and other smaller programmes.

The allocation available for Public Private Partnership Costs will be expended primarily on unitary charges associated with the School Bundles delivered to date, the VAT payment arising on the completion of Schools Bundle 5 and a significant extension project.

The Miscellaneous Grants and Services includes the roll out of the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020, for which €210m has been committed in funding for schools ICT Infrastructure. In 2019 (for the 2018-2019 school year), €50m will issue in grant funding to all recognised eligible primary and post-primary schools.

The balance of €4.9m is available for Public Sector Reform which will be employed for the Education and Training Sectors Shared Services projects, These projects will bring Payroll and Finance Shared Services to the Education and Training Boards (ETB) sector, serving the sixteen ETB's providing education at primary and secondary school levels and providing further education and training through SOLAS training programmes and community based schemes.

Non-pay administration costs associated with the delivery of the capital programme amounts to €2.6m

A sum of €0.5m is available for the design and installation of a memorial for the victims of abuse.