Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Ceisteanna (433, 434, 435)

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

548 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will allow the completion of the architectural planning for the required extension to Maynooth post-primary school in County Kildare; if he will allow construction to start in 2004, with funding to be provided from the €30 million announcement on budget day; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2181/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

552 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will sanction the completion of architectural planning for the permanent building project for Scoil Uí Riada, Kilcock in County Kildare and allow construction to commence in 2004 using the additional funding provided in the budget; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2185/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

560 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will allow the architectural planning for the required extension at Naas CBS secondary school, Naas in County Kildare to be completed with a view to sanctioning the commencement of construction in 2004 from the additional €30 million allocated on budget day; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2193/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 548, 552 and 560 together.

The large scale building projects at the schools referred to by the Deputy are listed in section 9 of the 2004 school building programme which is published on my Department's website atwww.education.ie. These three projects are at the early stages of architectural planning. The project at primary level, Scoil Uí Riada, Kilcock, will be authorised to progress to the next stage of architectural planning during 2004.

The budget announcement regarding multi-annual capital envelopes will enable me to adopt a multi-annual framework for the school building programme which, in turn, will give greater clarity regarding projects that are not progressing in this year's programme. I will make a further announcement in that regard during the year.

The Deputy will also note that I have put in place a new devolved summer works scheme. This caters for necessary small scale works that can be planned and delivered during the summer holidays. The 2004 programme will be updated in early spring to provide details of approved projects under the scheme.