Frameworks Process

Part of Finance and Personnel – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 26th January 2009.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Without portfolio, Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Without Portfolio) 3:30 pm, 26th January 2009

I thank the Member for his question. The projects that were to be delivered using frameworks are all at various stages of the procurement process, and no projects have been stopped due to the legal challenges. Departments have indicated that over 60 projects, with an aggregate value of around £400 million, are either to be advertised before the end of the financial year, or are already at various stages of the procurement process.

We have ensured that no projects will be stopped as a result of the framework challenges. Within the overall expenditure of £1·5 billion for the current year, it is not expected that a significant amount will be delayed or postponed. However, if some projects, for whatever other reasons, are subject to a delay, those will be carried forward into next year, and will be a matter for the Departments to manage.

I do not envisage that as a major problem in the context of expenditure of £1·5 billion. The measures that my Department announced in December 2008 will ensure that procurement of projects will not be held up significantly.