Education

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

I understand that the application has been submitted, but I stand to be corrected.  However, my Department's role is on a development proposal.  The board has not submitted or, indeed I understand, started pre-consultation on a development proposal that would see the amalgamation of Donegall Road school, Fane Street school and Blythefield school.  Unless that process starts, what exactly is the Belfast Board building?  It is not a process that should take that long, or needs to take that long, and if the board is planning to publish it, so be it, and I will deal with it as expeditiously as possible.  Unless I have a development proposal, I have nothing to give approval to.