Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (318, 319)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

318. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year net saving of replacing all rented prefabs with permanent accommodation assuming the cost of providing same is already accounted for. [35243/19]

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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

319. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of replacing 100 prefab units with permanent accommodation. [35244/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 318 and 319 together.

My Department is taking an integrated approach with the Prefab Replacement Programme through the replacement of prefabs as part of large-scale and devolved projects or as part of new projects approved under the Additional Accommodation Scheme. This integrated approach helps to streamline the delivery of projects for schools.

In terms of progress being made on replacing temporary accommodation, since mid-2018 all schools approved for additional accommodation under my Department's Additional School Accommodation Scheme are also having necessary prefabs replaced as part of their additional accommodation project. To date approval has been granted to replace in excess of 200 prefabs with permanent accommodation and this number will continue to increase as further additional accommodation projects are approved.

I wish to advise the Deputy that Devolved projects, including those with prefab replacement approvals, are subject to procurement. Therefore, it is not possible to provide the cost of replacing prefabs in isolation as each individual projects will vary according to site issues, size of project etc.