HC Deb 20 February 1978 vol 944 cc542-4W
Mr. Kilfedder

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he is aware of the disquiet amongst school management committees in the controlled section about the practice of the Department of Education in agreeing to building projects in voluntary and maintained secondary schools, but rejecting any such proposals for controlled schools until decisions are taken on reorganisation; and if he will publish in the Official Report a full list of the secondary school schemes which have been permitted to proceed, with the estimated cost in each case, together with a list of the proposals which have been deferred, showing voluntary, maintained and controlled schools separately.

Mr. Carter

There is no difference in the criteria adopted by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland in approving secondary school building projects at controlled schools, and voluntary and maintained schools. The possible effect of reorganisation is only one of the factors which is taken into account in all cases. Many such projects in recent years have suffered delays at various stages of planning for a variety of reasons, not least the fact that finance has not always been available.

Details of all the proposed building projects which have been affected in this way are not readily available but major secondary school projects for which approval to tenders have been given in the past 12 months are listed below. Discussions are currently being arranged with area education and library boards in Northern Ireland to discuss the overall priorities for secondary schools in the years immediately ahead, and when these discussions are completed it is expected that approval within the finance available will be given to further projects in both the controlled and voluntary sectors.

School Project Cost Date tender approved
Cairnmartin Secondary School, Belfast Playing Fields 79,431 24th March 1977
Lisnagarvey Secondary School, Lisburn Extension to extension 597,394 20th April 1977
Clondermott Secondary School, Londonderry Extension and Youth Wing 692,958 21st April 1977
Carrikfergus Secondary School, Carrikfergus Access road 55,572 11th May 1977
Ardnaveigh Secondary School, Antrim New School 1,379,458 2nd August 1977
Faughanvalley Secondary School, Londonderry Extension 481,034 1st September 1977
Hopefield Secondary School, Newtownabbey Extension 130,224 21st December 1977
Ardnaveigh Secondary School, Antrim Playing Fields 109,789 4th January 1978
Antrim Secondary School, Antrim Extension 895,209 17th January 1978
School Project Cost Date tender approved
St. Thomas's Secondary School, Belfast Playing Fields 28,614 3rd February 1977
St. Colman's Secondary School, Ballynahinch Temporary accommodation and improvements 28,071 5th April 1977
Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle Extension and alterations 1,198,103 18th April 1977
St. Patrick's High School, Keady Playing Field 55,671 8th August 1977
St. Mary's Convent Secondary School, Magherafelt Art Rooms 39,832 7th November 1977
St. Colm's High School, Dunmurry Temporary accommodation 45,390 15th November 1977
St. Augustine's Secondary School, Belfast Alterations to administration block, new changing accommodation, provision of fire doors. 59,813 27th January 1978
School Project Cost £ Date tender approved
Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch Staff Room 39,880 22nd February 1977
Foyle and Londonderry College, Londonderry Additional toilets 25,334 5th March 1977
Belfast High School, Belfast Playing Fields 42,146 30th April 1977
Belfast Royal Academy, Belfast Playing Fields 93,673 21st June 1977
Thornhill College, Londonderry New boiler system 42,689 21st July 1977
Rainey Endowed, Magherafelt Pavilion 91,000 10th August 1977
Coleraine Academical Institute Sports Hall 148,361 29th September 1977