Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Joe Higgins


130 Mr. J. Higgins asked the Minister for Education and Science if resources will be provided immediately to meet the extra accommodation needs in September 2003 in Castleknock community college. [19186/03]

Castleknock community college was built to cater for 1,100 pupils and is at full capacity. There are no plans to increase the capacity of the school and my Department is satisfied that there are not any accommodation difficulties facing the school in September 2003. Approval was given to the VEC in August 2000 to initiate a building project which will provide a larger PE hall at the school. This project is currently at stage 1 – site suitability, briefing and site report – and is included in section 7 of the published 2003 building programme. Given the level of financial commitments to be met from projects already in construction, my Department does not envisage that it will be in a position during this year to allow architectural planning for further large-scale projects to progress beyond their current authorised stage. The timing of when projects such as the PE hall can proceed is dependent on the financial allocation for 2004 and subsequent years.