Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Brian O'Shea


522 Mr. O'Shea asked the Minister for Education and Science his views on whether it is prudent that the board of management of a primary school should have permission to appoint consultants again regarding either greenfield projects or extensions to existing schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27827/01]

If a building project is approved at a primary school, my Department will advise the board of management on the steps to be taken relating to the appointment of consultants, if appropriate, including any procedures to be followed in relation to EU directives. In some cases primary school projects are designed by the technical staff of my Department and may not require the services of external architects.

For reasons of budgetary control and to ensure fairness and equity in the award of commissions, boards of management of primary schools may not engage consultants in the expectation that the resulting fees will automatically be grant aided by my Department.

Denis Naughten


523 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Science when he will approve funding for the extension to Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown, County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27828/01]

My Department has received an application for grant aid towards the cost of an exten sion at Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown. The schedules of accommodation have recently been agreed.