Public Procurement

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 15th January 2001.

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Photo of Mark Durkan Mark Durkan Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:30 pm, 15th January 2001

The findings of the initial review conducted prior to devolution indicated that if we were to set similar targets to those set for Departments in Great Britain we would achieve public procurement savings of £30 million out of a budget of £1 billion.

Such significant savings would fall to the devolved Administration to administer and direct, according to some of our own spending priorities. As we know, there are many pressing priorities being pursued by Departments and Committees in this Assembly. The more efficient we can make our procurement procedures and the more value for money we can get, then the more we can allocate to other public service needs.