Electronic Tendering System

Part of FINANCE AND personnel – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 23rd March 2009.

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Photo of Declan O'Loan Declan O'Loan Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:30 pm, 23rd March 2009

I accept what the Minister said. However, for all the increased capital expenditure, the picture from the point of view of SMEs as I see it, does not appear to be as positive as that. SMEs do not feel that they are part of a public procurement system that is working with them and for them. Does the Minister recognise the picture that I am describing, and does he see meaningful ways in which the system can be made to operate better, so that the SMEs can describe the situation differently?