Procurement Policy

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:45 pm on 16th September 2002.

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Photo of Alex Attwood Alex Attwood Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:45 pm, 16th September 2002

I acknowledge this bold and imaginative initiative by the Minister — an effort to ensure that public procurement becomes a mechanism to address long-term unemployment and disadvantage. However, the Minister will be aware that there were only four proposals for pilot schemes to the public procurement board two weeks ago, despite the fact that 20 were hoped for. Can the Minister reassure the Assembly that permanent secretaries will redouble their efforts to ensure that contracts of sufficient volume, value and impact are identified and forwarded to the public procurement board for consideration as a pilot scheme?