I am pleased to inform the House that during the past 12 months, all of the Central Procurement Directorate’s (CPD) construction-works contracts have been awarded to local construction firms. I have instructed CPD to provide a report on the position of all central procurement exercises. That is encouraging.
While I have the opportunity to do so, I must also congratulate local construction firms from Northern Ireland for having recently won contract work in Scotland, which is a tremendous boost to the local economy and workforce. That is testimony to the quality of the work of Northern Ireland’s construction firms.
Government clients are required to advertise publicly all construction procurement opportunities that are estimated to exceed £30,000 for construction work and £5,000 for construction-related services. Centres of procurement expertise recognise the importance of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to the economy and encourage consortia where appropriate. Those details should reassure the Member and the House.