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Results 521–540 of 900 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 3) Bill: Final Stage (21 Jun 2010)

Sammy Wilson: ...as much. That is one of the things that we will have to face in the future. Let me turn to another couple of points made by the Chairperson of the Committee. Again, she raised the issue of social procurement. In last week’s debate, I outlined the kind of things that we have built into procurement policy with respect to the long-term unemployed, apprenticeships, etc. I accept that the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: A6 Randalstown to Castledawson (21 Jun 2010)

Conor Murphy: We must adhere to European rules on major procurements. However, we will try to ensure that, where possible, local contractors have the opportunity to tender for that type of work. Contract awards for the A5 were broken into three pieces, which perhaps made it more attractive to local contractors and not so attractive to international organisations. To date, we have had good local contractors...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: Cairnshill Park-and-Ride Facility (21 Jun 2010)

Conor Murphy: Plans for the introduction of a new park-and-ride facility at Cairnshill are well advanced. Although the construction work on site is largely complete, the procurement of bus services, together with the introduction of further bus priority measures, must be finalised before the site becomes fully operational. I hope to be able to announce the outcome of the procurement in the autumn. In the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 3) Bill: Second Stage (15 Jun 2010)

Sammy Wilson: ...Province. I understand that the Western Health and Social Care Trust has reviewed the business case for a new Omagh hospital. The trust will submit a revised business case, which now includes the procurement route, to the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. Of course, that will have to go into the financial melting pot. I thank Members for their interest in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 3) Bill: Second Stage (15 Jun 2010)

Jennifer McCann: ...tell him where the money would come from. I want to touch on a few ways in which the Minister and the Executive could use public spending more strategically. I have already spoken here about public procurement, but I want to touch on it again. Public procurement accounts for one quarter of the Executive’s total spend each year. When that is combined with local government spend, we are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill:  Consideration Stage (14 Jun 2010)

Carál Ní Chuilín: ...the Minister, particularly on clause 15 and others that I cannot recall. However, clause 15 stuck out. I will give an example of why clause 15 stood out, particularly in relation to white goods, procurement and contracting out in respect of community care grants. I am not being flippant, but there are various examples in which that did not work in the past. That included the stigma of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Main Estimates 2010-11 and Supply Resolution for the 2008-09 Excess Votes (14 Jun 2010)

Simon Hamilton: ...set for itself this year. As we all know, achieving the goal of value for money is important in social housing. It means achieving many things, not least maximising economies of scale through the procurement process. It also means the more clever use of matching finance, as well as the intelligent use of government-owned, public land. The Committee is very pleased that progress is being...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Programme-led Apprenticeships Scheme (8 Jun 2010)

Dolores Kelly: ...in that endeavour while we are still casting around to see what can be done. While in Wales recently, Committee members saw how its Government can make effective use of social clauses in public-procurement contracts to create apprenticeships and opportunities for unemployed people. If they can do it, so can we. To use EU rules as an excuse not to is not acceptable. The Committee believes...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Fuel Prices (7 Jun 2010)

Jennifer McCann: ...before: that social housing landlords could buy energy in bulk for their tenants, thereby keeping costs low for social housing homes. The report also recommends that local and central government procurement bodies link their energy purchasing, thus creating a better deal for domestic consumers under that price arrangement. That means that when buying energy for this Building, for example,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Public Service Reform (7 Jun 2010)

Martin McGuinness: ...services. Administration costs have been reduced, and productivity and efficiency in health and social care trusts have been improved by increasing bed throughput; more efficient prescribing and procurement; more treatment at home of those with community care needs; and reduced absenteeism. Education and local government reform under RPA has not progressed as scheduled. Nevertheless,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Urban Renewal Area Status:  Upper Long Streets (25 May 2010)

Alex Attwood: ...whatever does or does not happen with Girdwood, decanting will be made available in north Belfast for the residents who will be affected by that demolition. Ms Ní Chuilín also raised the issue of procurement, and the housing association that is appointed to develop that work will take that forward. I want to make it very clear, however, that one of my interests as Minister for Social...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Fortieth Anniversary of Disbanding of B-Specials and Formation of UDR (24 May 2010)

Gerry Adams: ...of its involvement directly in the murder of Catholics and indirectly in the murder of hundreds more through collusion with death squads. In addition, British agents such as Brian Nelson helped to procure weapons through the old apartheid regime in South Africa. Those weapons were secured for the use of three unionist paramilitary organisations: the UDA, the UVF and Ulster Resistance,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Health, Social Services and Public Safety: Tyrone County Hospital (17 May 2010)

Michael McGimpsey: ...to it, which mirror the Developing Better Services programme. The local hospital has seen an increase in activity and it is busy, so I can easily justify the expenditure and investment there. The procurement process underwent a review, and I explained to the House that I was given a financial profile that allowed only for PFI. When that was no longer value for money, I had to look at other...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Construction Contracts (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (17 May 2010)

David McNarry: ...officials further on the response to the consultation, raising a number of additional issues during the session, including the rationale for amending the legislation, adjudication fees and public procurement requirements. Overall, the Committee was generally satisfied with the briefings and the clarification that has been provided by the Department to date. During Committee Stage, members...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Employment and Learning: Universities and Colleges: Advertising (4 May 2010)

Reg Empey: ...and promotional literature covers items such as promotional literature to attract students and to promote an institution’s facilities; advertising of staff vacancies; advertising of tenders and procurement opportunities; and the production of the annual prospectus and other corporate reports and material. Expenditure on those areas represents less than 1% of total spend in the higher...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Consideration Stage (27 Apr 2010)

Willie Clarke: ..., I have argued that, because the Bill must endure for the next 30 or 40 years, we must be forward-thinking and have the vision to use forestry for flood management; biomass opportunities; green procurement opportunities; to offset agricultural emissions; for recreational purposes; health and well-being; and tourism and business opportunities. Amendment No 2 will encourage the increased...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Development of a Jobs Strategy (26 Apr 2010)

Arlene Foster: ...jobs, rather than creating new jobs, is not a good use of public funds, and I agree. I join Sammy Wilson in welcoming the Committee for Finance and Personnel’s comprehensive report on public procurement. The report makes many useful recommendations, and I hope that we will be able to use it. Steps have already been taken to establish an Executive subcommittee. There is no need to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: NI Water (19 Apr 2010)

Billy Leonard: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. Will the Minister detail his approach for going forward since the procurement review at NIW?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Waste and Contaminated Land (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (13 Apr 2010)

Edwin Poots: .... As I did not want to delay the progress of the Bill, I decided to seek to have provision for that placed in other legislation at a later point. However, there are opportunities, around scale, procurement, the sale of recyclets, and so forth, to make real savings that can be passed on to the general public. I am still of the opinion that a single waste authority can deliver the...


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