Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ceisteanna (162)

Barry Cowen


162. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the breakdown of the €822,402,000 capital allocation in capital services (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44538/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The Capital Allocation available in 2019 under Subhead D will be expended as follows:

Schools Sector - €622m

Higher Education - €90m

PPPs - €110m

The Department's Capital Costs - €0.402m

The School Sector allocation will be expended primarily on the delivery of large scale projects and on the Additional Accommodation Scheme. Funding will be available for large scale projects that commenced on site in 2018 or earlier and that will remain under construction in 2019 and for large scale projects that are positioned to commence construction in 2019.

Typically, expenditure of up to 80% of the capital allocation available to schools annually is in respect of the large scale projects and the Additional Accommodation Scheme. The balance available in 2019 will be expended on site acquisitions, the Summer Works Scheme, the Emergency Works Scheme, furniture and equipment provision and other smaller programmes. 

The allocation available to the Higher Education Sector for 2019 is significantly higher than in recent years and will allow a number of priority infrastructure projects to progress, including, for example, a new Engineering, Energy and Environment Institute in TCD.

The allocation available for the PPP subhead will be expended primarily on unitary charges associated with the Schools Bundles delivered to date and on the Cork School of Music and the National Maritime College of Ireland. 

The Department's capital requirements associated with capital services include the provision of necessary office equipment and IT services.