Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (607)

Fiona O'Loughlin


607. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the review into the design and build programme of his Department commenced; and when it will conclude. [34017/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department is in the process of commissioning an independent review of current practices in the Design and Build model for the delivery of school buildings (or other similar public buildings) internationally.  I expect to be in a position to announce the organisation carrying out this work shortly. The intention is to publish the Report in the last quarter of 2019.

The nature of this element of the independent review is designed to ensure that it does not prejudice the on-going legal process with respect to the School Remediation Programme.  The planned independent review of the Department’s Design and Build Programme will not commence until the legal process has concluded. The Independent Review of the D&B Construction Model for School Buildings Internationally will be an important precursor for and input into the wider independent review once commenced.