Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Tuesday, 13 November 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 543 No. 5

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  543.  Mr. Kenny  Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Michael J. Woods  Zoom on Michael J. Woods   the position regarding approval for a new school (details supplied) in County Mayo; if he will confirm approval in this case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28084/01]

Minister for Education and Science (Dr. Woods): Information on Michael J. Woods  Zoom on Michael J. Woods  My Department has received an application for grant aid towards the cost of a building project at the school in question. The Deputy will appreciate that there has been a massive and unprecedented increase in the funds allocated by this Government to the building programme at all levels. The allocation in the current year is £370.5 million, 470.4 million. This is almost four times the allocation made by the previous Government in 1997. This level of funding has enabled my Department to undertake a record number of building projects and it is my intention to continue this rate of progress in overcoming the deficit arising from many past years and in meeting the needs of the present day. Decisions relating to the rate of progress to construction of individual projects, including the school referred to by the Deputy, will be taken as in previous years in the light of the allocations to be made for school building purposes in the forthcoming Estimates.

  544.  Mr. Kenny  Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Michael J. Woods  Zoom on Michael J. Woods   the position regarding a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; when he expects work will begin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28085/01]

Minister for Education and Science (Dr. Woods): Information on Michael J. Woods  Zoom on Michael J. Woods  My Department has received an application for grant aid towards the cost of a building project at the school in question. The Deputy will appreciate that there has been a massive and unprecedented increase in the funds allocated by this Government to the building programme at all levels. The allocation in the current year is £370.5 million, 470.4 million. This is almost four times the allocation made by the previous Government in 1997. This level of funding has enabled my Department to undertake a record number of building projects and it is my intention to continue this rate of progress in overcoming the deficit arising from many past years and in meeting the needs of the present day. Decisions relating to the rate of progress to construction of individual projects, including the school referred to by the Deputy, will be taken as in previous years in the light of the allocations to be made for school building purposes in the forthcoming Estimates.


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