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Results 501–520 of 900 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: Northern Ireland Water (27 Sep 2010)

Conor Murphy: With your permission, a LeasCheann Comhairle, I will reply to questions 1, 3 and 10 together. In my statement on procurement issues in NI Water to the Assembly on 13 September, I set out the actions that I have taken in response to the procedural failings and deficiencies that were identified by the independent review team and associated with deep-dive audits. I explained that that was not an...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Human Trafficking (21 Sep 2010)

Conall McDevitt: A good place to start is to welcome Minister Ford’s clarification that the Policing and Crime Act 2009 is now in place across the United Kingdom, making it illegal to procure the services of a prostitute who has been trafficked. We all welcome that, and that theme emerged across the House during the debate. As I prepared for the debate, it struck me that more women were trafficked in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance and Personnel: Public Expenditure (20 Sep 2010)

Jennifer McCann: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. Given that upwards of a quarter of the Executive’s overall Budget across all Departments is spent on public procurement, has the Minister or any of his Executive colleagues discussed adopting a more strategic approach? That would help to sustain current employment and create new jobs, and I hope that it would, therefore, grow the economy in general.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Draft Strategic Investment and Regeneration of Sites (Maze/Long Kesh Development Corporation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2010 (14 Sep 2010)

Peter Robinson: ...and, later, his colleague and mine Paul Givan sought reassurance on how the development will benefit local people. I can tell them that the following key social clauses will be incorporated into procurement plans where that is feasible: a commitment to employ at least one long-term unemployed person and two apprentices per £1 million spent; a robust and inclusive approach to stakeholder...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Social Economy Enterprise Strategy (14 Sep 2010)

Jennifer McCann: ...a Cheann Comhairle. I thank the Minister for her answers and her comments on the social economy. One part of the development process of the social economy will be its capacity to secure government procurement contracts. Is the Minister aware of any work that is being undertaken by Invest NI or her Department to ensure that that capacity-building programme is in place for them?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council: Health and Food Safety Sectoral Format (14 Sep 2010)

Conall McDevitt: ...commissioned, will the Minister confirm that he should publish the study? Furthermore, how can he justify not seeking to implement the study’s recommendation that both Departments introduce joint procurement systems with a view to reducing costs, without affecting front line services?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council: Trade and Business Development Sectoral Format (13 Sep 2010)

Arlene Foster: ...been developed by InterTradeIreland are precisely to deal with any barriers, perceived or otherwise. For example, there is the Network and Get Work programme, and InterTradeIreland has run good procurement programmes. If the Member is aware of any barriers that he thinks InterTradeIreland should deal with, I am certainly happy to take those up with the chairperson and the chief executive....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Education: Department of Education: Procurement (13 Sep 2010)

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Northern Ireland Assembly: Education: Schools: Building Budget (13 Sep 2010)

Caitriona Ruane: ...account of the recommendations of the Bain review. The Department lost a legal challenge to the major construction framework. That delayed a number of projects, which had to revert to conventional procurement methods. I am pleased to say that we have moved many of those projects on. There was also delay in acquiring statutory planning approvals, and problems were encountered with acquiring...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Northern Ireland Water (13 Sep 2010)

Conor Murphy: ...that subsequently did not happen. The substantial amount of money that NIW has to spend on water and sewerage infrastructure comes from the public purse. Given that questions have arisen about procurement practices and whether value for money is being properly pursued by NIW and given that we are elected to protect the public interest, we want to ensure that the substantial amount of money...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Final Stage (30 Jun 2010)

Alex Attwood: ...’s various stages and in Committee that disability rights organisations, for example, would be involved in preparing guidance. Reassurances were also given that the Committee would be involved in procurement. All those reassurances could be put on the record elsewhere, but in order to understand how good cause could be applied in particular circumstances, it would be useful to me as the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Culture, Arts and Leisure: Public Accounts Committee Reports (29 Jun 2010)

Sammy Wilson: .... Project management is a key element in the successful completion of major projects and, in that context, the Committee’s report referred to the Gateway Review process. In 2009, the Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) centre of excellence obtained OCG-authorised hub status for the delivery of gateway reviews. That is the highest level of government endorsement available for such...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Public Accounts Committee Reports (29 Jun 2010)

John Dallat: ...taken to task. That is not only wrong but truly amazing. That would not be tolerated in the private sector, and it should not be tolerated in the public sector. During these bad times, the entire procurement issue is exercising the minds of the members of the PAC and the general public. I look forward to more Audit Office reports that dig deep into practices across the board where...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Transport Bill: Second Stage (29 Jun 2010)

Michelle McIlveen: road repeals earlier Council regulations 1191/1961 and 1107/1970. Although I am not an expert, my understanding of that regulation is that it introduces standardised European-wide rules on the procurement and funding of contracts for public transport services and introduces more competition into public transport, particularly in states relying on state involvement, the award of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare of Animals Bill: Second Stage (29 Jun 2010)

Michelle Gildernew: ...dogfighting and cockfighting. Substantial powers already exist under the 1972 Act in respect of animal fighting. It is currently an offence to cause unnecessary suffering to an animal by causing, procuring or assisting at an animal fight; promoting, causing or permitting any performance; taking part in an animal fight; keeping, using, managing, permitting or assisting in the keeping of any...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: DE: Capital Review (29 Jun 2010)

Michelle McIlveen: Will the Minister clarify her position on PPP projects and how she accounts for them as opposed to traditional procurement? Given the tight financial budget that we face, does she agree that prioritising investment in minor works and refurbishment would make a significant difference for the greatest number of schools in the shortest time frame?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Programme for Government:  Delivery Reports (28 Jun 2010)

Martina Anderson: I accept what the Member said about DRD and social clauses. However, does he also acknowledge the fact that, with regard to the social requirements that must be built into procurement contracts at the stage at which they go to the European Union to be awarded a tender, DRD is the only Department that currently places those social requirements into procurement contracts? Much social housing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture and Rural Development: Regional Food Programme (28 Jun 2010)

Michelle Gildernew: The RAFAEL project in the west specifically relates to public sector procurement of local food. My Department and project partners contributed to the success of that INTERREG-funded project, which aimed to encourage local authentic food producers to develop new markets, such as the public sector. Under EU legislation, the procurement of locally produced food by public sector bodies cannot be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Executive’s Priority Measures to Deal with the Economic Downturn (22 Jun 2010)

Danny Kennedy: ...fuel poverty, in which, he said, the banks have a clear role. Martina Anderson thanked the cross-sector advisory forum for its work and welcomed progress on the measures being taken on public procurement projects. She bemoaned the political and economic constraints, as she sees it, on monetary control and powers being retained at Westminster, as they are not subject to the authority of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Preliminary Inquiry into Public Sector Efficiencies (21 Jun 2010)

David McNarry: ...human resources management practice; further use of shared services, not just across Departments but covering arm’s-length bodies and local government; more strategic co-ordination of the public procurement functions, including collaborative purchasing between the different levels of government; measures to achieve savings from accommodation expenditure, including a central policy on...

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