HC Deb 15 July 1998 vol 316 c231W
14. Mr. Beggs

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the estimated cost and time scale in which substandard school accommodation will be upgraded. [49031]

Mr. Worthington

There are 130 major building projects in the top three priority categories of the schools planning list with an estimated capital value of some £550m, and the current backlog of maintenance in schools is estimated at £80m. No timescale can be put on the work programme required to meet these needs—this will be governed by the availability of resources.