Results 761–780 of 900 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Business: Draft Budget 2008-2011 (25 Oct 2007)

Sammy Wilson: ..., it was capital underspending, which is partly due to difficulties with public finance initiatives. What steps is his Department taking to ensure that the delays in PFI schemes are not due to the procurement method that is used, which subsequently leads to an underspend? Finally, given that the draft Budget is based on the Barnett formula, which included an increase, in real terms, of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Education: Glastry College (15 Oct 2007)

Caitriona Ruane: ...of which is estimated overall at £12·6 million. I understand that those who are most closely involved with the school may be impatient about the pace of progress. However, I recognise that the procurement of a new school building can be a complex issue. I understand that negotiations between the South Eastern Education and Library Board and the land owner of the site have been concluded...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Arts Funding (9 Oct 2007)

Barry McElduff: Go raibh maith agat. I hope that the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Mr McNarry, will support the procurement of a simultaneous translation system to benefit all 108 Members. He could then rely on that system and no one else. That would be a quare good idea. It is important for the Assembly to hear the case for increased revenue funding for the arts, and the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Report of the Committee for Finance and Personnel on Workplace 2010 (8 Oct 2007)

Mervyn Storey: reduce the Executive’s freedom to determine the future location of public-sector jobs. In scrutinising the Workplace 2010 project, the Committee focused on the best-practice approach to procurement and on the lessons learned from existing private finance initiative projects, both in Northern Ireland and in the rest of the UK. On the issue of the location of public-sector jobs, the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Culture, Arts and Leisure: 2013 World Police and Fire Games (8 Oct 2007)

Edwin Poots: ...closely with the organising committee on the preparation of a strategy to ensure that the games are delivered in accordance with the World Police and Fire Games Federation’s requirements and the procurement and accountability practices of all stakeholders.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: ‘Equality in Northern Ireland’ Report (2 Oct 2007)

Martin McGuinness: ...employment during the past decade. We should draw the efficiency and effectiveness of programmes such as New Deal to the attention of the Executive. Lessons can, of course, be learnt from public-procurement research, which indicates that Government procurement can play an active and effective role in the process of tackling patterns of socio-economic disadvantage. Working-age economic...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Sustainable Development  and Climate Change (2 Oct 2007)

Brian Wilson: such that change exerts a massive influence on supply chains through staff and families in the region. Significant opportunities exist for Northern Ireland to champion the UK’s sustainable procurement prog­ramme in the public sector and to act as a location for experimentation. The implementation plan for our local sustainable development strategy requires integration, regular...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers To Questions: Sustainable Development (1 Oct 2007)

Conor Murphy: ...leakage; capital and revenue investment in public transport and other forms of sustainable transport — in the context of the regional transportation strategy; and compliance with sustainable procurement practice. In addition, my Department is implementing an in-house sustainable action plan, covering waste, water, energy, estates, travel and procurement. I have recently met with the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Workplace 2010 (24 Sep 2007)

Peter Robinson: I doubt whether any parties in the Executive agree to the principle of PFI. All the parties in the Executive were prepared to consider, on a case-by-case basis, whether that form of procurement made sense in the circumstances. A range of procurement methods were considered, and it was clear from studies that were carried out that PFI was the best method for the project. I will not commit any...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Workplace 2010 (24 Sep 2007)

Peter Robinson: ...considering that he said that I had answered his main question this morning. As I announced earlier, the Executive approved a recommendation that Workplace 2010 should proceed to the next stage of procurement. Subject to the injunction that was imposed as a result of the legal challenge being lifted, I expect an invitation to submit best and final offers to be issued to the two final...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Waste Processing (24 Sep 2007)

Arlene Foster: ...notes the value of exploiting any opportunities for the sharing of facilities to deal with both farm and municipal waste. The waste management groups will consider possible synergies when they procure facilities or services in relation to all controlled waste in their area.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: North/South Ministerial Council (18 Sep 2007)

Martin McGuinness: ...then, a business case recommending that the secretariat lease suitable accommodation has been approved by officials in both Administrations, subject to political and financial considerations. A procurement exercise yielded seven expressions of interest; these are under consideration, and a report will be made to a future NSMC meeting.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers To Questions: Economic Investment Incentives (17 Sep 2007)

Martina Anderson: ...Government spending and direct inward investment should be used for the dual purpose of building prosperity and reducing inequality? Does he agree that the pilot project carried out by the Central Procurement Directorate should be a road map for how an employment plan can be included in public procurement contracts and that that would have a positive impact on the economic inactivity...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Tax-Varying Powers (10 Sep 2007)

Declan O'Loan: ...accident that the Southern Government have copied that model by establishing a centre of expertise within its National Development Finance Agency to build skills and capacity in the area of public procurement. In considering the issue of tax-varying powers, my party and I obviously support the idea of greater capacity in the Assembly to tackle unique local circumstances. Consistent with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Enniskillen: Traffic Gridlock (2 Jul 2007)

Conor Murphy: ...his concerns, I will seek assistance from someone in Roads Service and send him a written response. The statutory procedures for the Henry Street scheme have recently been completed. Contract procurement will take place over the next few months, and it is intended that construction will commence in early 2008. It is expected that the statutory procedures associated with the Cherrymount...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Accidents in the Construction Industry (2 Jul 2007)

Nigel Dodds: ...sector in which Buildsafe-NI has had the greatest uptake — accidents have decreased by 40%, with fatal accidents also showing a downward trend. Buildsafe-NI exploits the power of public-sector procurement to demand higher health and safety standards on publicly funded construction projects. That has led to the situation in which all contractors seeking to tender for public sector...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Final Stage (25 Jun 2007)

Jennifer McCann: ...commitment to address the issues of discrimination and disadvantage will allow us the opportunity to overcome that which is morally and economically unsustainable. The examination of how public procurement expenditure can integrate economic and social requirements, and the ring-fencing of projects that directly impact on discrimination and poverty, are examples of ways in which we can...

Northern Ireland Assembly: executive committee business: Consideration Stage (18 Jun 2007)

Stephen Farry: careful not to fall into the trap of saying, “public sector good, private sector bad”. Similarly, we must avoid the trap of saying that all PPP or PFI projects are bad and all public-sector procurement is good. There are circumstances in which contracting out to the private sector makes sense. It can be a more efficient way of providing services, and so provide a better public...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget Bill Second Stage (12 Jun 2007)

John O'Dowd: ...There has understandably been much talk of the large number of people employed by the public sector and the role of the public sector in our economy. I will focus on the health sector. The power of procurement in that sector alone is massive. Ensuring that that procurement is used to tackle unemployment and deprivation would be a productive use of public moneys. Many hospitals and health...

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