Skills Deficit: Senior Civil Servants

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Finance – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 25th February 2020.

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Photo of Conor Murphy Conor Murphy Sinn Féin 2:30 pm, 25th February 2020

I am aware of the Audit Office report on capital projects, which is critical to delivery. We always have lessons to learn when an Audit Office report comes out. As a former member of the Public Accounts Committee, I am aware of the work that goes into its reports. The Procurement Board, which I chair, will meet on 1 April, and I intend to have the Audit Office report discussed at the meeting, after which I will direct the Procurement Board to commence a review of the role of procurement in delivering major capital projects, because that is the responsibility of my Department. Other Departments are involved in a range of issues, but procurement has a key role to play. I want to ensure that the Department of Finance plays its role.