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 Sean Farren Sean Farren Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:45 pm, 16th September 2002

This is an important issue, and the idea of working through a series of pilot schemes is central to achieving the social dimension to procurement policy — helping the long-term unemployed in particular. As suggested by the procurement review team, Departments have initially been asked to submit capital work projects with a value above the European Union tendering threshold of £3·8 million, or service projects with a value above £500,000. Some Departments have stated that they have no such projects available in the current financial year, and so far only five projects have been identified for inclusion in the scheme. My officials are working closely with all Departments to ensure that we achieve our target of 20 projects.