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Local Government Reform Programme

Part of Ministerial Statement – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 5:00 pm on 20th October 2009.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 5:00 pm, 20th October 2009

There is certainly no shortage of contractors who wish to become involved, which is evident from the bidding and procurement regimes. Whatever bids are made in a procurement exercise, and whoever is eventually successful in being awarded a contract will find that that contract, will be honoured. Furthermore, there will be no divergence from the contracts that are established.

A single management process will be established for a region as opposed to a subregion, but there is no hidden agenda. A subregional method has been used so far to award those contracts, but that process can be managed more efficiently on a regional basis, and that will reduce the cost to the ratepayers. There is no hidden agenda and contractors have nothing to fear.