Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 684 No. 5

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  280.  Deputy Brian Hayes  Information on Brian Hayes  Zoom on Brian Hayes   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe   the number of schools at primary and secondary level which are currently at each stage of the school building programme; the breakdown by band of the number of schools waiting for buildings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23803/09]

  281.  Deputy Brian Hayes  Information on Brian Hayes  Zoom on Brian Hayes   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe   the number of schools at primary and secondary level which were at each stage or band of the school building programme in 2007 and 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23804/09]

  282.  Deputy Brian Hayes  Information on Brian Hayes  Zoom on Brian Hayes   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe   the proportion of his capital budget which will be spent at primary and secondary levels on band one projects in 2009; the breakdown of the budget expended on same in 2007 and 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23805/09]

[922]Minister for Education and Science (Deputy Batt O’Keeffe): Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe  I propose to take Questions Nos. 280 to 282, inclusive, together.

The numbers of school projects at each respective stage of architectural planning in June 2008 and June 2009 and their allocated band ratings are contained in the tabular statement. In the time available to answer these questions it was not possible to compile and verify similar information for June 2007.

The proportion of the 2009 capital allocation which will be expended on band one projects in 2009 will depend on the progress of individual projects to tender and construction and the speed of construction for projects on-site. However, I can inform the Deputy that my Department has profiled an expected spend of €165m on major primary school projects for 2009 and a further €80m on major post-primary projects. A further €80m has been allocated to the 2009 Summer Works Scheme.

To date in 2009, expenditure on band 1 projects at primary level has amounted to €19.38m and at post-primary level expenditure on band 1 projects has amounted to €13.29m. In 2008, my Department spent €230.65m on major primary projects of which €118.34m was on projects completed in 2008 which had a band 1 rating.

In 2008, my Department spent €81.73m on major post-primary projects of which €4.2m was on projects completed in 2008 which had a band 1 rating. In 2007, my Department spent €144.23m on major primary projects of which €54.81m was on projects completed in 2007 which had a band 1 rating. In 2007, my Department spent €111.67m on major post-primary projects of which €18.55m was on projects completed in 2007 with a band 1 rating.

Primary June 2009

Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4
Stage 1 31 37 1 1
Stage 2a 27 30 0 1
Stage 2b 6 12 0 0
Stages 3 and 4 (Tender & Construction) 22 12 0 0

Post-Primary June 2009

Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4
Stage 1 3 26 0 2
Stage 2a 3 22 0 1
Stage 2b 2 2 0 1
Stages 3 and 4 (Tender & Construction) 5 1 0 0

Primary June 2008

Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4
Stage 1 72 21 0 0
Stage 2a 20 30 1 0
Stage 2b 11 20 0 1
Stages 3 and 4 (Tender & Construction) 43 33 0 0


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