Business Cases: CAL Decisions

Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 27th May 2014.

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Photo of Dolores Kelly Dolores Kelly Social Democratic and Labour Party 2:30 pm, 27th May 2014

1. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how many business cases are with her Department and awaiting a decision. (AQO 6201/11-15)

Photo of Carál Ní Chuilín Carál Ní Chuilín Sinn Féin

I thank the Member for her question.  DCAL is considering five business cases.  They are at various stages, and my officials are continuing to work with the relevant organisations to ensure that each case is of sufficient quality to facilitate a timely decision on the investment of public funds.

In addition, DCAL has provided feedback on two further business cases and is awaiting the submission of revised drafts.  Work is also ongoing in the Department on the development of a further four business cases for projects that we hope to progress in the near future.

Photo of Dolores Kelly Dolores Kelly Social Democratic and Labour Party 2:45 pm, 27th May 2014

I thank the Minister for her answer.  I take it that there are nine business cases in total: the five plus the four.  Will she give us a flavour of the business cases, the impact on the budget and whether the spend will be met?  Indeed, what does that mean if some are to be spent within the school term timetable?

Photo of Carál Ní Chuilín Carál Ní Chuilín Sinn Féin

I am not sure about the school term timetable; I am going by own timetable.  As for the flavour of the business cases, although there are nine cases today, I could go in next week, and there could be a further two.  That is the nature of the progression, which is good because it means that we are moving in the right direction.

We are looking at the refurbishment of Coleraine library at a cost of over £2 million; the Arts Council gifting of musical instruments at almost £60,000; Tollymore National Outdoor Centre at almost £2·5 million; Dungiven sports provision; Omagh Riding for the Disabled Association; the Ulster canal; T: BUC; and the strategic outline business cases for the subregional stadia programmes.