Results 621–640 of 900 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

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

Declan O'Loan: ...Service pay and bonuses, but we need more detail about how and when that will happen. The Minister will know that the Committee for Finance and Personnel has embarked on a major inquiry into public procurement because of serious concerns that the system is not working. Legal challenges have been made, and owners of small and medium-sized businesses say that they cannot get a slice of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Social Housing in Foyle (9 Jun 2009)

Margaret Ritchie: ...housing delivery to the Executive. I am conscious that I must make the scarce resources at my disposal stretch further, and I have introduced initiatives to do so. So far, I have introduced a new procurement strategy that will ensure that the newbuild programme is delivered more efficiently than before, and savings will be reinvested to deliver more houses. Since autumn 2007, I have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Housing Budget (9 Jun 2009)

David Hilditch: ...is to be hoped, will put housing on a secure footing and will have a positive impact on the economy, particularly on the construction industry. Given the delays with the plan, which revolve around procurement, it might be best to defer it and to put extra resources into decent homes and Egan schemes, the immediate spin-off of which would be economic activity.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Health, Social Services  and Public Safety: Women and Children’s Hospital (8 Jun 2009)

Michael McGimpsey: ...for the next three years. However, much of that is determined by the profile, which is how much money each Department receives each year, and the profile is determined by whether a Department procures traditionally or through PFI. If it procures through PFI, all the money comes in one year. I have had discussions on that issue with the Department of Finance and Personnel, and I hope to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance And Personnel: Economy (1 Jun 2009)

Nigel Dodds: ...is to facilitate and assist other Departments as they provide support to local households and businesses in the economic downturn. I announced the formation of a construction industry forum procurement task group for Northern Ireland in the Assembly on 15 December 2008, and the Executive’s reviews of rating, regional rate freeze and the deferral of water charges have all helped many...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Education: Lagan College (26 May 2009)

Caitriona Ruane: ...in schools. I have not approved any new school PPP projects since taking up office. The Lagan College/Tor Bank Special School project was one of a number of legacy PPP projects already in procurement when I was appointed. Remaining issues must be resolved before a preferred bidder can be appointed for the building project to extend and refurbish Lagan College. As a preferred bidder has not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Economy: Ad Hoc Committee (12 May 2009)

Jennifer McCann: ...things can be done. I am surprised that one of those was not touched on, except by Members of my party, in the months that we have been discussing the recession. That point is about how public procurement can be utilised. In the Programme for Government, the Executive set out their commitment to maximise social and employment opportunities for everyone through the public procurement...

Northern Ireland Assembly: regional development: Corporate Social Responsibility (11 May 2009)

Raymond McCartney: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. May I ask the Minister to outline in specific terms how the procurement procedures in his Department have an influence on social responsibility and community impact?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Transport Sectoral Format (11 May 2009)

Conor Murphy: ...route will be completed on target in mid-2009. I welcome the ongoing co-operation at the cross-border interfaces, particularly the Aughnacloy to Clontibret route. The Council also noted that the procurement process has commenced on the project, with a view to the appointment of contractors and designers in the autumn. The next significant milestone will be the publication of the draft...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance and personnel: 2012 Olympic Games (5 May 2009)

Ian McCrea: 1. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of the procurement opportunities for firms in Northern Ireland in relation to contracts associated with the 2012 Olympic Games in London.      (AQO 2626/09)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Swine Flu (5 May 2009)

Michael McGimpsey: The vaccine for the normal annual flu viruses will be issued again this autumn. Sometimes, the uptake by people for whom the vaccine is procured is disappointing. I expect, and hope, that the uptake this year will show a gain and be much stronger. Looking ahead, I think that there is a threat of complacency and as is often the case, of appearing to wait for something to happen. Swine flu...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Steps to Work Contracts (27 Apr 2009)

Alex Attwood: ..., or did not, transpire. For several reasons, the Assembly should never foreclose on the option to examine particular contracts, because a dedicated examination can draw out the hard experience of procurement in the North. I noted carefully the comments of the Chairperson of the Committee for Finance and Personnel, whose contribution was most helpful. However, he said that the ongoing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Social Housing (21 Apr 2009)

Margaret Ritchie: ...missed most of the contributions. DSD has no environmental architect. The Department receives professional and technical advice from Department of Finance and Personnel colleagues from the Central Procurement Directorate. David Simpson referred to energy-efficient homes. The new housing agenda introduced the most environmentally friendly housing ever built in the social sector. Code 3...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Loss of Nursing Posts (20 Apr 2009)

Samuel Gardiner: ...for Health, Social Services and Public Safety appended to them — fatally undermines the partnership that should exist between the Committee and the Minister; a partnership that is designed to procure the best results for patients and users of the Health Service. Unfortunately, such petty political point-scoring is what we in the other parties have come to expect from the so-called lead...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Social Security Agency —  Strategic Business Review (20 Apr 2009)

Margaret Ritchie: ...having to go into a social security office or a jobs and benefits office and join a long queue. It does not happen in doctors’ surgeries, in solicitors’ offices, or in other places where people procure professional services. It may happen in other offices, but it will not happen in the Social Security Agency. Both types of services will be available to potential claimants. We all know...

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: North/South Ministerial Council Environment Sectoral Format (31 Mar 2009)

Sammy Wilson: ...agreement is with my officials, who are checking that it reflects what was agreed in the road map. If the two Ministers can sign it within the next few weeks, there is then a four- to five-month procurement process to be undergone. That is unavoidable — it is an EU requirement because of the size of the contract. Once that contract is signed, the work should begin. I am not saying that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: agriculture and rural development: Badger Baiting (30 Mar 2009)

Michelle Gildernew: ...of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 1972, it is an offence to cause unnecessary suffering to any animal, and it is a specific offence to cause unne­cessary suffering to any animal by causing, procuring, assisting or spectating at the baiting of badgers or any animal. Any person found guilty of those offences is liable, on summary conviction, to up to three months’ imprisonment, a fine of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Health, Social Services  and Public Safety: Capital Budget Programme (30 Mar 2009)

Michael McGimpsey: ...need investment. We require flexibility in how money is allocated in the capital programme. We are always searching for value for money, and there is a debate on whether we should have traditional procurement or PFI. To move from one to the other requires flexibility because all the money for a PFI deal comes in one year; whereas the money in traditional procurement exercises is spread...

Northern Ireland Assembly: FINANCE AND personnel: Electronic Tendering System (23 Mar 2009)

Martina Anderson: Last week, I facilitated a meeting with the Central Procurement Directorate and SMEs in Derry. They outlined a string of difficulties that they experienced when they tried to secure contracts. Given what the Minister told us about the website and the portal, does he agree that it is important to monitor whether SMEs find it easier to succeed in the procurement process and to secure contracts?...


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