Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Ceisteanna (203)

Thomas Byrne

Ceist:

203. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount spent in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019 on consultants for school building projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37267/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table:

Year

2016

2017

2018

2019 (to date)

Amount spent on Design Team Fees such as Architects, Engineers etc. for school building projects (€)*

18,185,413

22,456,989

21,836,136

13,322,114

While the delivery of major capital projects on the school building programme uses external design teams (Architects, Engineers etc.) appointed by tender to deliver specific projects these are not termed “consultants” in terms of the Deputy’s question. Accountancy firms are not used on major school building projects at all. Design team fees are tendered on a percentage basis and then locked in to a fixed sum when design has been developed at Stage 2A of design process.

In relation to devolved grant schemes i.e. Additional Accommodation Scheme, Summer Works Scheme, consultants fees are included as part of the grant and are not broken out separately. Therefore these fees are not included in the above table.