Results 121–140 of 700 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: NI Water: PAC Report (14 Mar 2011)

Conor Murphy: The report clearly confirmed that there was a culture of disregard for procurement processes in NIW, which led to serious failings in procurement procedures totalling £46 million. That was not challenged by the Public Accounts Committee. I think that this is a matter on public record, although I am unable to respond in any great detail. Members of the Member’s party sat on the Public...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development: Railway: Londonderry to Coleraine (23 Mar 2015)

Danny Kennedy: I am grateful to the Member for his topical question. I can confirm that the signalling procurement is still ongoing and the original tender timetable has been extended by a few weeks. However, depending on a successful procurement process, the end date for the substantial elements of the project is still expected to be towards the end of 2016. Of course, that means that we have earmarked...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Health, Social Services and Public Safety: Pharmaceutical List (8 Mar 2010)

Jim Shannon: The Minister’s response to that question was very positive. In relation to the control of entry and drug procurement, we are all keen that savings be made through drug procurement. Those savings could, in turn, be used to ensure that some other drugs that are not currently available are made available. Can the Minister assure us that the savings that will be made will be used for other...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Procurement: Community Groups (16 Nov 2021)

Conor Murphy: We are doing that through the Procurement Board, which I reconstituted. I brought in a range of people so that we could get some voices in there that had not previously been heard, and also some practitioners to ensure that we had that level of expertise in the Procurement Board. We made a recent addition: we brought in people from the voluntary and community sector — we already had social...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Procurement Policy (12 Mar 2001)

Mark Durkan: The GPA was not used in the procurement transactions that were the subject of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report. That decision was not made by the GPA or the Department of Finance and Personnel. Therefore I cannot comment or give details on it. Subsequent to the first draft of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board moved to a position...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Schools Estate (8 Feb 2010)

Mervyn Storey: Does the Member accept that there is a huge difficulty with procurement, which is why the frameworks collapsed? Indigenous companies are excluded from the procurement process because of the introduction of a process that has created a wider net. The result is that local companies involved in maintenance, minor works and capital works are being severely penalised and are unable to get the work...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Social Clauses (30 Jun 2014)

Simon Hamilton: The Programme for Government includes a commitment to include social clauses in all public procurement contracts for supplies, services and construction.  I can confirm that all contracts should include social clauses for equality and health and safety.  Beyond that, Departments are free to define those social considerations that are to be linked to the subject matter of the contract, those...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: External Consultants (1 Nov 2010)

Patsy McGlone: ...to the same question. That provides me with a lot of concern. The motion outlines the need for more in-house work. Courtesy of the Minister, I have been provided with rates from the Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) for the construction-related services that it provides. Early rates vary from £72·11 for a principal professional technical officer to £40·44 for a professional...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Education: Procurement (21 Feb 2011)

Caitriona Ruane: ...in addressing those. Where there are weaknesses in my own Department, we will rectify those. I mentioned in my statement the importance of the Department having skilled expertise in relation to procurement, and we have brought in a very senior civil servant on that matter. That work will look at all aspects of procurement.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Procurement Review (17 Sep 2001)

Mark Durkan: ...The document will be issued forthwith, and the consultation period will run until 30 November. The team has made recommendations on furthering social, economic, and environmental objectives within procurement policy. Those recommendations include the initiation of a pilot scheme aimed at using public procurement contracts to assist unemployed people into work. The review team made 70...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Cross-Sector Advisory Forum (20 Apr 2009)

Barry McElduff: ...roimh ráiteas an Aire. I thank the First Minister for his statement and welcome the Executive’s efforts to mitigate the worst effects of the economic downturn, particularly on local businesses. Procurement rules do not seem to be sufficiently friendly to local small and medium-sized enterprises. Could one of the subgroups look specifically at how to free up and create opportunities for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: NI Water (15 Mar 2010)

David McClarty: I thank the Minister for his statement. The report identifies problems with the procurement processes. It states that the shareholder, the Department for Regional Development, had not been asked to approve the procurement. Does the Minister accept that his Department, as well as the board of Northern Ireland Water, failed in that respect? Does the episode not show that DRD’s oversight of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Employment and Learning: New Deal: Derry/Londonderry (20 Oct 2008)

Reg Empey: : I understand through correspondence and other contacts that the Member has a keen interest in the matter. The Central Procurement Directorate is not attempting to ensure that outside people are brought in. Having agreed the terms of reference for the contracts with my Department, the Central Procurement Directorate must implement those terms of reference and assess the bids that have been...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Social Clauses (5 Jul 2021)

Conor Murphy: The discussion on the matter went to the Executive. Part of the change to procurement is that, rather than being a Department of Finance policy that it must try to get other Departments to adopt, it has been brought to the entire Executive and has their stamp of approval and will get a uniform approach from Departments because Ministers are obliged to follow through on it. I have had dialogue...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer: Social Investment Fund: Audit (21 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: ...a conflict was declared, the steering group member was not permitted to be involved in any discussion or decision around the prioritisation of the proposal. Steering group members involved in the procurement of service delivery organisations were required to declare any conflict of interest in relation to those bidding. If a conflict was declared, the member was no longer involved in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Health, Social Services and Public Safety: South-West Acute Hospital (16 Nov 2009)

Michael McGimpsey: I remain committed to the Omagh hospital. It is very much part of our plan to develop better services for the future of hospitals. We have been reviewing the procurement process for the Omagh hospital, the choice being between direct procurement and PFI. Given the way in which the money markets in London have been going, that will be an exercise for each major project as we go forward. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Economic Downtown/Credit Crunch (13 Oct 2008)

Peter Robinson: ..., but I have spoken to the chief executive of the Strategic Investment Board (SIB) about it. The Member will be aware that two legal challenges have been made, concerning systems and procedures in procurement policy. We are considering whether it is appropriate to appeal those decisions: that is being done within the Finance Department. The other option is to move to more conventional...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Housing Executive: Maintenance Delays (28 Sep 2020)

Carál Ní Chuilín: I am aware of some delays. I know that there have been procurement challenges that have set back companies that were awarded tenders for maintenance work. I am aware that the threshold is very low now, so it is easier to make a legal challenge on procurement grounds, so that is slowing the programme down, on top of the global pandemic. I have asked the same question as the Member, and I am...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Budget Exchange Scheme (15 Oct 2013)

Simon Hamilton: ..." is used frequently, and I am not fond of it.  Very few projects, if any, would be appropriately deemed "shovel-ready".  Suggesting that they are shovel-ready means that they have gone through procurement and are literally ready to go.  As the Member will appreciate, once you go past procurement and start letting the contract, you are going ahead with it; you cannot then pause it,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Planning: Training for Councillors (28 Nov 2011)

Alex Attwood: ...highest standards of a code of ethics when it comes to the protection of minorities, governance arrangements, proportionality across the range of council and committee positions and, crucially, the procurement of services. Too many councils in the North continue to have practices that may be valid but, in my view, do not comply with best procurement practice. That is why, in working with...


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