Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (272)

Jack Chambers

Question:

272. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills if expenditure estimates for capital projects under Project Ireland 2040 under the remit of his Department and agencies match projected cost requirements in tabular from; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30963/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Under the National Development Plan, my Department’s total capital allocation for 2019 is €941m of which €622m is allocated to the School Building Programme. As in other years, the Department will proactively manage its capital allocation across the various subheads and budget lines to advance its school building and other capital investment priorities. The specific amount to be spent by the Department on each project in 2019 will depend on progress during the year and availability of funds.  Project cost estimates and project delivery timelines are kept under review through the design and planning process and financial allocations are not definitively assigned to individual projects until the point of entering into a contractual commitment for that particular project. Therefore it is not possible to provide the tabular form requested by the Deputy.  However, it is important to note that the Department ensures that funding is available from within agreed capital allocations before entering into contractual expenditure commitments.