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

Public procurement rules are guided not just by our priorities and concerns but by EU regulations also. Therefore, we try to ensure full conformity with EU regulations.

As regards the implementation team that I referred to, we are making provision to ensure that membership of that team will include people with particular expertise on equality matters. The potential for procurement arrangements to impact on equality is already recognised in various Departments’ equality schemes and in the Programme for Government. We will address the impact assessment of any policy as we map out the way ahead in pursuing the implementation of the key recommendations from the procurement review.