Dáil Éireann - Volume 602 - 11 May, 2005

Written Answers. - Fire Services Capital Programme.

  275. Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government when the documentation awaiting approval in his Department since October 2004 in regard to the approval in 2004 for Waterford County Council to purchase one new fire vehicle will be dealt with; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15599/05]

  276. Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if, in regard to the 2005 allocation of one new class B fire appliance to Waterford County Council, he will ensure that there is no repeat of the needless delays with the processing of the 2004 new fire vehicle; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15600/05]

  Mr. B. O’Keeffe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 275 and 276 together.

Waterford County Council’s tender proposal for the purchase of a new fire appliance, which was submitted to my Department on 5 January 2005, is at present the subject of correspondence with the council. On the receipt of the outstanding information a decision will issue to the council as early as possible. A further new fire appliance has been approved for the council under this year’s fire services capital programme. Subject to compliance with the relevant guidelines for the purchase of new fire appliances there should be no avoidable delay in dealing with any tender proposal submitted by the council on this matter.