Results 601–620 of 900 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Public Accounts Committee Reports (29 Sep 2009)

Paul Maskey: ...was not satisfied with the Department’s handling of the solicitor’s departure from the Health Service, particularly with regard to the conflict of interest arising from his involvement in the procurement of legal services. That was a factor in the Committee’s conclusion that it had never before seen an example of such poor procurement practices. The Committee also challenged the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Trade and Business Development Sectoral Format (29 Sep 2009)

Arlene Foster: I mentioned already public procurement and the Go-2-Tender programme. At present, the competitiveness of Northern Ireland firms is partly what makes them attractive, and the exchange rate gives us a competitive advantage. We are ensuring that InterTradeIreland is working with companies in Northern Ireland to allow them to take advantage of that. There are a number of programmes through which...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Education: School Building Programme: South Antrim (28 Sep 2009)

Caitriona Ruane: ...economic appraisal has been approved. There are significant benefits to that revised process, including a significant reduction in the project development timescale. Projects will now proceed to procurement and will be on site very soon after the new starts announcement.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Education: Fraud/Suspected Fraud: BELB (28 Sep 2009)

Caitriona Ruane: ...a léigh mé cinneadh an Choiste ar nósanna imeachta an bhoird le déileáil le calaois amhrasta. I welcome the Committee’s report, which highlights a number of very serious issues relating to procurement practices in the Belfast Education and Library Board. I was very concerned to read the Committee’s findings on the board’s procedures for dealing with suspected fraud. The case was...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of the first minister and deputy first minister: Investment Strategy (21 Sep 2009)

Peter Robinson: .... There are 55 projects, worth about £265 million in total, for which the construction contract was recently signed; there are a further 40 projects, worth about £950 million in total, for which procurement is in progress. That includes a £600 million design-and-build contract for the A5 road upgrade. In addition, there are about 40 construction projects across Departments, worth £200...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Home Improvement Grants (15 Sep 2009)

Simon Hamilton: ...businesses are downsizing or are going out of business quietly as a result of this. They are local family firms that employ local people and use local building supplies to do their work. We cannot procure preferentially in any way, but we all know that grants work benefits local firms first and foremost. We need not turn the tap back on to £40 million a year: it is not possible to do...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Swine Flu (15 Sep 2009)

Michael McGimpsey: ...capacity to cope with the potential demands of swine flu. I intend to more than double capacity in adult critical care. To provide that capacity in Northern Ireland, 47 adult ventilators are being procured. The Department also plans to increase substantially the number of paediatric critical care beds and recognises that some older children may need to be cared for in adult critical care...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: Corporate Social Responsibilty (14 Sep 2009)

Conor Murphy: ...a socially and environmentally responsible organisation and an excellent employer. Therefore, my Department’s policy focuses on four key themes: community, environment, workplace and responsible procurement. My officials are in the final stages of developing a formal corporate social responsibility policy for DRD which will take into account the wide spectrum of measures that we will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Public Expenditure: 2009-2010 June Monitoring and Provisional  Out-turn 2008-2009 (7 Jul 2009)

Mervyn Storey: ...is available for schools and youth services. Based on the spend to date, the legal challenge to the major works framework and the Department of Education’s switch from conventional, single-procurement school builds, is the Minister confident that that money will be spent in this financial year? The Committee for Education has received representation from the construction industry about...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Final Stage (30 Jun 2009)

Alex Attwood: ...to how the SDLP views that, officials in Dublin do not understand why opportunities around the border, especially those that involve healthcare, are not being grasped, how potential all-Ireland procurement is not being taken forward and how green issues and green energy are not been developed on an all-Ireland basis. That is not heavy political stuff. Those are immediate opportunities,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (30 Jun 2009)

Sammy Wilson: ...should be used for the waste contract exercise. Secondly, to give some assistance to the councils, we have set up a body called the programme delivery support unit (PDSU), which gives guidance on procurement, planning and the whole issue of finance for councils. Therefore, help is available. There is also the matter of achieving best value for money in the contracts. We will also look at...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (30 Jun 2009)

Sammy Wilson: ...the power to vest land to Arc21 and the Southern Waste Management Partnership (SWAMP) 2008. Those are two of the three waste management groups that have been established by councils to oversee the procurement of the new waste infrastructure, and both have constituted as bodies corporate. As I mentioned, the Bill also contains provisions that will enable my Department to make some...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial statement: Swine Flu (30 Jun 2009)

Michael McGimpsey: ...prepared countries in the world. The Department of Health in London has concluded negotiations with the two main vaccine manufacturers on behalf of the four UK Health Departments. The UK will be procuring pandemic vaccine for the entire population. That will arrive in stages, commencing in August 2009, with full delivery anticipated in November 2010. I remind Members and the public that we...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office Of The First Minister And Deputy First Minister: SIB/Invest NI: Staff Expertise (29 Jun 2009)

Martin McGuinness: ...of the new £270 million acute hospital outside Enniskillen has commenced. In the past year, more than 40% of construction work here has been public-sector related, and more than 90% of Government procurement contracts have been secured locally, mainly by small and medium-sized enterprises. The Strategic Investment Board has played an important part in securing that outcome.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Impact of Economic Downturn on Businesses in Northern Ireland (23 Jun 2009)

Jennifer McCann: ...’Loan said that much good business was still being done, and he mentioned the need to look for the positives; he touched upon the need for an economic development strategy and he mentioned public procurement. At the risk of repeating myself, the opportunities for public procurement, particularly for small and medium-sized local businesses and the social-economy sector, must be recognised...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Egan Contractors (22 Jun 2009)

Fra McCann: ...homes, only to find that many kitchen and heating replacements and other improvement works have been frozen, while planned cyclical maintenance programmes have also been suspended. Changes to the procurement process, which were promised to provide a fairer and more efficient system, were meant to convince many local contractors to become involved in the Egan contracts process. Sir John...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Inquiry into the Way Forward for Apprenticeships (22 Jun 2009)

Reg Empey: ...interim measures that may have to be altered later when the Low Pay Commission’s report becomes available. Next year, my Department will have the opportunity to review the way in which it procures training. To secure employer-led provision of the highest quality, we must become more flexible and respond to the individual needs of the occupational sectors; the needs of new investors in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (16 Jun 2009)

Arlene Foster: ...2010. Mr O’Loan quoted two comments that I made in yesterday’s debate, the second of which was: “Lower construction costs also provided an opportunity for Northern Ireland Departments to procure capital projects at lower cost.” [Official Report, Vol 42, No 1, p46, col 1]. Therefore, I referred to the very issue that Mr O’Loan said that the Minister of Finance and Personnel had...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (16 Jun 2009)

Simon Hamilton: ...and for Northern Ireland in general, and we will always want to see local firms benefiting from capital investment. The Committee for Finance and Personnel is engaged in an inquiry into the public procurement process. Particularly in these difficult times, we all want to see local construction firms getting more of a benefit, or, at least, more awareness of the opportunities that exist in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the 2009-2010 Main Estimates (15 Jun 2009)

Arlene Foster: ...that is generated here and public expenditure. The Member might want to consider how she would manage such a Budget deficit were we to have full fiscal autonomy. The Member also mentioned public procurement, which arises again and again as a matter of concern. In December 2008, the Minister of Finance and Personnel established the construction industry forum procurement task group to agree...


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