Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin 2:15 pm, 12th March 2013

The simple answer to that is yes.  Since coming into office, I have continually lobbied my Executive colleagues to increase the funding available to the Department of Education for revenue and for capital builds.  I have been quite successful with revenue.  I have also been successful with maintenance money from the spending rounds and with the recent investment from OFMDFM of £10 million for school maintenance.  I will continue to lobby for capital funds for schools in the Member's constituency and across the board.  Although we announced a significant number of projects to move ahead, we still have around 100 school build programmes that I want to be built to provide new services and jobs to our communities.  I assure the Member that I will continue to lobby for more funds, and I would welcome his support on the matter.