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Results 661–680 of 900 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Public Expenditure:  2008 Strategic Stocktake (20 Jan 2009)

Nigel Dodds: ...infrastructure going to market between the monitoring round and the end of the financial year; £115 million of that is being released out of the framework legal difficulties and going by normal procurement methods, so that that can be brought to market without any legal impairment. All that investment shows that a considerable amount is going into the construction industry and building...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture and Rural Development: Farm Modernisation Scheme (12 Jan 2009)

Michelle Gildernew: No. We have adopted a simplified procurement process for the farm modernisation programme for which quotations are not required. However, applicants may wish to seek quotations for their own business planning purposes and to maximise the opportunities that the programme may present to their business, if successful. The Department has tried to keep bureaucracy to a minimum. We are using...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Impact of the Global Economic Downturn (15 Dec 2008)

Martin McGuinness: .... We have supported the local construction industry, and we must ensure that we achieve the maximum benefit for local firms and local communities. That is why the implementation of social procurement guidelines is essential; we need to circulate every pound of spend through our communities. We have acted within the limits of our existing powers to redress the impact of rising costs and the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: 2008-09 December Monitoring Round and Executive Response to the Economic Downturn (15 Dec 2008)

Nigel Dodds: ...fact that the Department of Education was one of those Departments caught up in legal challenges to the frameworks as the result of the action taken to move those forward on a project-by-project procurement basis, which means that a substantial amount of work will go to the marketplace this financial year.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private members’ business: Current Economic Downturn (8 Dec 2008)

David McNarry: ...the various initiatives that are in place. However, waiting on initiatives is a luxury that some people cannot afford. I have pushed for fairer, more equitable access for small companies into the procurement process, and my colleagues on the Finance Committee have voiced similar views. The letter that I referred to in last week’s ‘Belfast Telegraph’ from people in the construction...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (8 Dec 2008)

Nelson McCausland: ...over their own affairs. That is something for which schools made a strong case. How will the Bill affect that autonomy? What will be its impact on area-based planning, and on local issues such as procurement processes? Will there be some sort of subregional structure to carry out procurement processes in different areas? What will be the nature of any subregional structure, as was proposed...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance And Personnel: Construction Industry (1 Dec 2008)

Nigel Dodds: ...are real concerns about the current situation, particularly in the house-building sector. It is absolutely essential that we consider small and medium-sized enterprises in particular. Centres of procurement expertise recognise the importance of SMEs to the Northern Ireland economy, and they encourage such enterprises that join together as consortia to bid for contracts and to look for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance And Personnel: Small Business Rates Relief Scheme (1 Dec 2008)

Mitchel McLaughlin: ...Comhairle. I thank the Minister for his answer. In the context of addressing the challenges facing the small- and medium-sized enterprises, will the Minister consider reviewing the public procurement policy so as to enable local SMEs to tender for the procurement of elements of the major capital projects?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Voluntary Sector (25 Nov 2008)

Jennifer McCann: ...communities and providing much-needed front-line services. Community participation is, therefore, essential in setting the priorities and in the design and delivery of public services. The procurement process can help with that, and that has also been mentioned in previous debates. The social clauses that are to be included in the tendering process must be considered, as must the social...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Construction Industry (25 Nov 2008)

Mitchel McLaughlin: ...extra mile to protect vulnerable enterprises and jobs at this time, rather than protecting profits. Also, in the context of the economic downturn, the Committee is commencing an inquiry into public-procurement policy and practice, focusing especially on the scope for maximising opportunities for local small and medium-sized enterprises and social enterprises to access public contracts....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Manufacturing Sales: West Tyrone (24 Nov 2008)

Arlene Foster: ...provides details of Europe-wide contracts of interest to them. That excellent service enables client companies to maximise and exploit the significant tendering opportunities available from public procurement contracts.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Employment and Learning: Steps to Work: Tender Bid (24 Nov 2008)

Dolores Kelly: I thank the Minister for his answer. Although he said that the tender process complies with procurement requirement, it flies in the face of what is reasonable and sensible to award contracts to a company with one member of staff in Northern Ireland five weeks before the contracts go live and which openly stated that, even if it got contracts, it would subcontract most of them and merely fill...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Employment and Learning: Steps to Work: Extension (24 Nov 2008)

Alex Attwood: ...s party, have concerns about how the Steps to Work contracts are awarded. Given the evidence that exists, does the Minister not think that it is time an inquiry was launched into the Steps to Work procurement to determine whether everything was proper and whether the outcomes best serve the delivery of Steps to Work across the North?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Education, Employment and Training (18 Nov 2008)

Caitriona Ruane: ...for young women and men, and the cross-departmental investment strategy gives us an opportunity to do that. We can exert a positive influence and change people’s lives through public procurement. Billions of pounds will be spent in the investment strategy. New procurement guidelines have been produced, and all Departments must adhere to them. Every public spending project should include...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Varney II Report (17 Nov 2008)

Jennifer McCann: ...the Executive’s response to Varney II will reflect that. We must examine how public money is being spent and how we can protect existing jobs in the construction industry and elsewhere. Public procurement guidelines in the delivery of works, services and goods offer a unique opportunity to create employment for the most deprived and disadvantaged people in society. Embedding social...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office Of The First Minister And Deputy First Minister: Workplace 2010 (17 Nov 2008)

Peter Robinson: ...is an important concern. I understand from the Minister of Finance and Personnel that the potential for two of the final bidders to come under common ownership has major implications for the procurement process. In the circumstances, we could not proceed at this time. We will continue to focus on delivering new investment to the maximum extent possible for this year, and the years to come,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Contingency Arrangements in the event of Apprenticeship Redundancies (11 Nov 2008)

Reg Empey: ...matters, to draw his attention to the Member’s comments. The Department of Finance and Personnel has the overarching responsibility for matters that relate to the construction industry, such as procurement. I say to the Member that it is not a matter of being cautious, or of not responding to events. It is precisely because of my concerns about this matter that my Department is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: Rathlin Island (10 Nov 2008)

Mervyn Storey: ...that he has shown in the concerns of the Rathlin islanders. What is the state of play with his Department’s three ongoing investigations; namely, the internal audit; the investigation into the procurement process; and the investigation of complaints against DRD staff? Furthermore, can the Minister assure the House that the concerns about the tender process will be fully investigated and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance And Personnel: Prospective Homebuyers (3 Nov 2008)

Nigel Dodds: I am aware of the major downturn in the property market, and it is one of the reasons why I announced, at the end of last week, the suspension of the Workplace 2010 procurement exercise. I am aware of the downturn not only in the public sector, but in the private sector. That downturn is having an effect on many households. The Chancellor announced recently a range of incentives to assist...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office Of The First Minister And Deputy First Minister: Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland (3 Nov 2008)

Martin McGuinness: ...the resources that are available to the Administration. Our construction industry stands to benefit significantly from the 10-year investment strategy that has been agreed by the Executive. The procurement of projects under the investment strategy will be taken forward in full compliance with procurement rules, and there will be opportunities for our local construction industry, either as...


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