Tuesday, 2 November 2004
Department of Education and Science
Schools Building Projects
Question 449: To ask the Minister for Education and Science when approval and funding will be made available for the provision of an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26881/04]
The extension-refurbishment project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an early stage of architectural planning. It has a band two rating. My Department's officials recently wrote to the school authorities requesting additional information on their submission on stages 1 to 3, which pertains to detailed costs and plans, and a response is awaited. My officials are nearing completion of a review of all projects which did not proceed to construction as part of the 2004 school building programme with a view to including them as part of a multi-annual programme from 2005. All projects are being assessed against the published prioritisation criteria, agreed earlier this year with the education partners. Each project will be assigned a band rating and the progress of all projects will be considered in the context of the programme from 2005.
Following conclusion of the current Estimates and budgetary process, I intend to publish the 2005 building programme, which will operate in a multi-annual framework.