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

Although the minor works programme is funded by the Department of Education, it is run by the boards, which routinely inform schools when they have been successful in their minor works applications.  I notified the boards of their funding for next year — they are aware of the money that they have — to allow them to plan for the future and to get the projects on the ground as quickly as possible and get the money spent. 

One frustrating thing about government is that it is sometimes difficult to get money out of the door and spent.  We are encapsulated in protocols, procedures and regulations, which sometimes make it more difficult to spend public money than makes sense to me.  However, the boards and so on know their funds for next year, and they will make announcements as we go along.  A significant amount of money is available to make improvements to our schools.

Primary Schools: Inner South Belfast