Results 61–80 of 2000 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Standing Order 110 (1 Feb 2021)

Rosemary Barton: ...impediment. Given that agreement has been obtained at the Business Committee to facilitate remote participation in plenary sittings and that agreement has also been gained from the Commission to procure and install the necessary equipment immediately, further consideration is necessary regarding participants. For example, decisions are required on the number of participants, how voting...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: 'Inquiry Report on the Impact of COVID-19 in Care Homes' (1 Feb 2021)

Pam Cameron: ...stated that the sector was struggling before the pandemic and that a review is required of adult social care and appropriate funding levels to deliver care. Sinéad also outlined the problems in procuring PPE. Justin McNulty, along with all Members who spoke, commended the great work of all staff in care homes and how care staff see residents as their second family. We are all thankful for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: COVID-19 Vaccinations (1 Feb 2021)

Robin Swann: ...vast majority of that precious resource is being given to those who need it most. The roll-out of the vaccination programme is dependent on a steady supply of vaccine. We are part of the UK-wide procurement process, which should ensure that the UK has access to up to 367 million doses. Northern Ireland will receive 2·85% of all the available COVID vaccines in the UK. As Members will be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: 'Inquiry Report on the Impact of COVID-19 in Care Homes' (1 Feb 2021)

Emma Rogan: ...do-not-resuscitate forms. Let me be very clear: no one should be pressured into signing a DNR. A few other recommendations deserve a mention, including ensuring that there is sufficient PPE through procurement and pandemic planning; regional access to e-learning on infection prevention and control; learning from international best practice and experiences; addressing staffing levels and so...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Education: Remote Learning (26 Jan 2021)

Peter Weir: I do not think that that guarantee can be given for every individual across the board. We are trying to procure the maximum number of devices. Can that be done in every individual case? Unfortunately, achieving that will be difficult. As I indicated, it is rarely about devices. Indeed, the feedback from schools that we got, which we used when procuring the first round of devices, was around...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Education: Key Workers’ Children: In-school Teaching (26 Jan 2021)

Peter Weir: ...of what an internet provider is trying to do and regardless of the devices, there will be a limit to what can be provided. As part of that, the Education Authority (EA), which is currently procuring an additional 10,500 devices to add to the 24,000 that are out there largely to try to ease that burden. However, as the Member will be aware, while connectivity issues and issues with the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Adverse Impact of the Pandemic on Access to Special Educational Needs Support for Vulnerable Children (26 Jan 2021)

Peter Weir: ...for transport, is that there is an opportunity to spread transport provision so that we can reduce numbers on the buses. Additional PPE is being made available this week through the EA. It has been procured for children and staff in particular. Higher grade PPE is not needed, but there are specifics that need to be considered. As we know, a number of students do not have the same level of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: North/South Interconnector: Energy Supply (25 Jan 2021)

Diane Dodds: ...standard in Northern Ireland and an eight-hour loss-of-load expectation standard in the Republic. An eight-hour loss-of-load expectation is used for the SEM capacity options, which also seek to procure local capacity when and where it is necessary in the absence of sufficient interconnection.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Review of Support Services for Serving and Retired Prison Staff (25 Jan 2021)

Naomi Long: ...procedures; and psychological interventions and counselling. Although many of the recommendations will be straightforward to implement, others will take more time, because services will have to be procured and additional funding secured. A small number of recommendations will also require discussion with the Department of Finance, as the Department with responsibility for Northern Ireland...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Officer Welfare and Support (18 Jan 2021)

Naomi Long: ...relatively straightforward and can be implemented within a few months. Others will take more time and will require additional funding. That funding will have to be secured. It will be necessary to procure some of the additional services that have been recommended. A small number of recommendations will also require careful discussion with the Department of Finance. As I said, I will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: COVID-19 Vaccine: Roll-out (15 Dec 2020)

Robin Swann: I thank the Member for her comments. However, as I am sure that she is aware, I do not agree with them with regard to the vaccine. If we had been left to procure the vaccine on our own, we would have neither the buying power nor the financial capability to pre-buy seven different vaccines to the extent that we have, or been able to provide the accreditation or certification that the MHRA has...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Dormant Accounts Fund: Strategic Plan (14 Dec 2020)

Kellie Armstrong: ...by many of the funders. The strategic action plan for the dormant accounts fund for Northern Ireland is absolutely welcome — multi-year grants of £100,000 a year are fantastic — but when will procurement be amended to make it a fair, level playing field so that community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises can, at last, be contracted with fairly?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Macro Economic Outlook Micro Inquiry Special Report (8 Dec 2020)

Christopher Stalford: ...that is available. I move on to some of the issues that have been raised. We need investment in our infrastructure, particularly to the west of the Province. We also need reform of how we do procurement, which can be one way in which the Government can assist business. Reforming how we do procurement is something we should consider. I hope that the Minister will be able to speak to that....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Nettlefield Primary School (8 Dec 2020)

Peter Weir: I understand that, and I think that the Department was well aware of that. For instance, some money has been released, after discussions with DOF, to the EA for issues such as the procurement of additional bus allocation and a range of other procurements. I appreciate that there was disruption, particularly around the spring, to capital spend. We have caught up on some of that. On the broader...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council: Inland Waterways (7 Dec 2020)

Nichola Mallon: ...directives will no longer apply to GB and NI, which may lead to an incremental divergence in legislation between the two jurisdictions over time. GB and NI will also not have to comply with the EU procurement directives, so some rules may be changed. In the short term, following the exit, our rules are likely to remain the same; however, they may change in the medium term. The additional...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: COVID-19 Vaccine: Preparations (1 Dec 2020)

Robin Swann: ...types, which could result in 357 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines being made available in the United Kingdom. While I am always open to all-island solutions, the UK did not sign up to an EU procurement process as the Commission confirmed that it was not possible for the UK to pursue parallel negotiations with potential vaccine suppliers. That meant that the UK would be required to stop...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: The Procurement Board (1 Dec 2020)

Rachel Woods: ...be aware that we have an opportunity not only to build back better from COVID but to tackle our climate emergency through a just transition. What consideration will be given to a green, sustainable procurement by the board? Can it be mandatory? What role will there be for cooperative models in procurement, focusing on community wealth building and working with councils? Perhaps I can also...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: COVID-19: Furloughed Workers (24 Nov 2020)

Conor Murphy: ...scheme that the Member's colleague is proposing, I encouraged families, as we all should, to spend that voucher in local businesses to support our local economy. Anything that we can do on public procurement or that Departments can do with their annual £3 billion of spend has the potential to make a real impact on the local economy and should be used in that way.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Procurement: Security of Supply (24 Nov 2020)

Rachel Woods: I thank the Minister for his answers so far. Security of supply will also be impacted by climate breakdown. Minister, will environmental and climate impact be reflected in procurement processes and policies going forward to ensure that the policy is sustainable? For example, will a sustainability clause or criteria be considered for security of supply?


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