Education and Library Boards: Procurement

Part of Education – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 14th December 2010.

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Photo of Caitriona Ruane Caitriona Ruane Sinn Féin 2:30 pm, 14th December 2010

The investigation is independent. Of course the Department has a role to play in stewardship. Is leis na Boird Oideachais agus Leabharlann í an fhreagracht fála san earnáil rialaithe.

Responsibility for procurement across the controlled sector rests with the education and library boards, and the Department has regularly sought and received assurance that procurement practices are in line with best practice as set out in CPD guidance. My Department holds regular accountability meetings with the boards at which procurement issues are discussed. Once my Department has become aware of issues, I have acted immediately and swiftly.