Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Olwyn Enright

Ceist:

164 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science further to Parliamentary Question No. 186 of 25 June 2003, when he expects building to commence at Charleville national school, Tullamore, County Offaly; if he has a report on the school from the Office of Public Works; and when this report will be responded to, without commenting on the potential purchase of specific sites. [19364/03]

Olwyn Enright

Ceist:

239 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science further to Parliamentary Question No. 185 of 25 June 2003, when he expects building to commence at Charleville national school, Tullamore, County Offaly; if he has a report on the school from the Office of Public Works; and when this report will be responded to, without commenting on the potential purchase of specific sites. [19447/03]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 239 together.

As previously advised, the Deputy will appreciate that, due to commercial sensitivities of site acquisition, I am unable to comment on the potential purchase of specific sites. The proposed large-scale building project for Charleville national school is listed in section 6 of the 2003 school building programme which I published on my Department's website at www.education.ie This project is at an advanced stage of architectural planning and has been assigned a band 2 rating by my Department in accordance with the published criteria for prioritising large-scale projects.

Projects listed in sections 6 and 7 (primary) are not being authorised to progress beyond their current stage of architectural planning for the time being. The timing of when projects listed in these sections can progress to tender and construction will depend on the budgetary allocation for 2004 and subsequent years and the priority afforded to each project by reference to the band rating.