Results 641–660 of 900 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: FINANCE AND personnel: Capital Expenditure 2008-09 (23 Mar 2009)

Nigel Dodds: ...the issues that we discussed earlier in this Question Time in relation to opportunities for local companies. I re-emphasise that, in relation to the indications that have been given to the Central Procurement Directorate (CPD), more than 90% of Government construction contracts have been awarded to local companies in this financial year. That compares very favourably with other devolved...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Employment And Learning: Redundancies (16 Mar 2009)

Reg Empey: I am aware of the issue to which the Member referred. The answer to his question is that the Executive have discussed the matter briefly. The Minister of Finance and Personnel is responsible for procurement. It is clear that a significant number of employers have come to us and said that they are, basically, excluded because of their size or scale or because of other conditions. In letting...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Enhancement of Debt Advisory Services (16 Mar 2009)

Arlene Foster: ...business loans are being converted into personal loans, because that puts personal properties and assets at a great deal of risk. The second issue that Mt Attwood mentioned was on flexibility and procurement, and I hear what he said. We are very much aware of the 2002 report from HM Treasury, which stated that if Government want smaller organisations to apply for tenders, they need to work...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Country-of-Origin Labelling (9 Mar 2009)

Tom Elliott: ...that the voluntary scheme has failed. Indeed, when we asked the departmental officials whether DARD had participated in the scheme, they could not confirm that, and they confused the matter with procurement policies. This is not about procurement, it is about consumer choice. It is about consumers being informed of where their food has come from and then making a choice as to whether they...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Final Stage (3 Mar 2009)

Nigel Dodds: ...next year: we will take that decision in due course. Therefore, we are delivering the investment strategy, we are accelerating expenditure, where possible, and we are taking action with respect to procurement to ensure that money is not held up. A number of comparisons were made between expenditure in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. We are taking whatever measures we can to bring forward...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Public Expenditure 2008-09 February Monitoring Round (3 Mar 2009)

Nigel Dodds: ...on the in-year monitoring process and the small amounts that are available for reallocation, we should bear in mind that £1·5 billion in capital alone is being invested this year. In Government procurement overall, there is over £2·2 billion, which is a massive amount of investment by anyone’s standards.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Social Development: Dwellings for Pensioners/Disabled People (2 Mar 2009)

Margaret Ritchie: ...the Ulster Bank. Fourthly, my Department recently announced the purchase of 112 ex-military houses at Pond Park, Lisburn, with the least cost to the public purse. Fifthly, we have developed a procurement strategy for housing associations. Sixthly, my Department has developed a consultation document for the introduction of a mortgage rescue scheme. Seventhly, I am negotiating relaxations...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Health, social services  and public safety: Enniskillen Hospital:  Financial Arrangements (2 Mar 2009)

Michael McGimpsey: ...will be built in 2012, and we will then have to pay a unitary charge each year until such time as the hospital fully becomes the property of the Health Service. We are moving forward with the procurement process for the hospital in Omagh, and I am considering whether PFI or a traditional procurement route will offer the best value for money. I am required by the Department of Finance and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (24 Feb 2009)

Basil McCrea: .... I want a different attitude to be taken to risk, and that should be led by the Government, perhaps in agreement with the Assembly and the Public Accounts Committee. I also want a new approach to procurement, particularly to the frameworks that do not help the SMEs. In light of the Ulster Bank’s initiative, I want action to be taken on the banks whose headquarters are in the ROI. Most...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Employment and Learning: Apprentices (23 Feb 2009)

Reg Empey: Several Members raised that issue. I have been in touch with the Minister of Finance and Personnel with regard to that because the Central Procurement Directorate is under his Department’s control, and he is very sympathetic. I believe that such conditions can be applied to contracts already, although I may be corrected if I am wrong. I am not sure at what point that compliance has...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (17 Feb 2009)

Nigel Dodds: ...education colleges, roads, hospitals, health projects and housing. Delivery is taking place on the ground. I have ensured that, as a result of some of the difficulties that were encountered in the procurement process through legal challenges to the frameworks, projects that would otherwise have been held up or slowed down will now go forward by conventional procurement methods. My...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the 2009-2010 Vote on Account (16 Feb 2009)

Nigel Dodds: ...in PPP delivery, we will look at alternative methods of ensuring that contracts are fulfilled. That could include working with alternative banking consortia or delivery through conventional procurement vehicles. Mr O’Loan was concerned that the £900 million was not new money; however, at no point have I said that it was. However, in minimising the impact of the additional cost pressures...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the 2008-2009  Spring Supplementary Estimates  Supply Resolution for the 2009-2010  Vote on Account (16 Feb 2009)

Jennifer McCann: ...is a big issue for some of the large capital projects, particularly those funded by private investment. We must consider how planning is holding-up that process. Improving the delivery of public procurement by providing good services and works can help the economy and local businesses and can also secure jobs for people, which is an important issue. By ensuring that social clauses are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Efficiency Savings in the Health Service (10 Feb 2009)

Michael McGimpsey: ..., improving the day-case rates, decreasing the length of stay in hospitals, reducing sick absence, treating people in the community instead of in hospital, improved preventative measures and better procurement will deliver some £140 million each year. Does anyone in the House believe that in an organisation of £4 billion, saving on postage, travel expenses or ground maintenance will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Broadband Speeds (9 Feb 2009)

Arlene Foster: I can confirm that I was not consulted about that issue, because the decision was taken solely on a technical basis. When that discussion took place, the relevant details were posted on the Central Procurement Directorate’s website for all to see. If the Chairperson did not see that posting, that is a matter for him. I am singularly disappointed that the Chair­person of the Committee for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Programme for Government and Budget (2 Feb 2009)

Martin McGuinness: ...the warm homes scheme to make housing more energy-efficient. Our focus must be on ensuring a more sustainable future for all; recognising the principles of living within environmental limits; using procurement guidelines to ensure economic, social and environmental impacts; and promoting opportunity and innovation. A focus on sustainability presents us with opportunities, in addition to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Strategic Stocktake (27 Jan 2009)

Mitchel McLaughlin: ...as other possibilities. As Members know, the Executive have already taken steps to speed up the payment of invoices, thereby helping with cash flow for small and medium-sized enterprises. Public-procurement policy and practice can be re-examined to maximise the opportunity for local businesses. I raised that matter with the Minister at Question Time yesterday, and the Committee is engaged...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance and Personnel: Frameworks Process (26 Jan 2009)

Nigel Dodds: In my statement to the Assembly on 15 December 2008, I announced that no construction project would be stopped due to the legal challenges about the use of framework agreements by the Central Procurement Directorate and the Department of Education. I announced that those projects, worth a total value of £115 million, which were scheduled to be delivered by framework agreements, would go to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: office of the First Minister and Deputy first minister: Meetings with the Energy Sector  and Regulator (26 Jan 2009)

Martin McGuinness: ...for those living in fuel poverty, taking account of the interests of all energy customers, including businesses. The Housing Executive is investigating the potential for its acting as a broker to procure discounted energy for its tenants. From our perspective, we are moving forward. As many Members will know, DETI published an energy-strategy document in 2004, titled the ‘Strategic...


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