Results 781–800 of 900 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

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

Peter Robinson: ...and will lead to a considerable rise in the rates, particularly west of the Bann. Members need to draw that to the attention of their constituents. Mr O’Dowd also made some comments about procurement. I agree that the primary focus must remain on efficient, effective purchasing. I am Chairman of the Procurement Board, where all of the elements of the Civil Service, including the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the 2007-08 Main Estimates (11 Jun 2007)

Martina Anderson: ...— I am sure that the British Minister Gordon Brown would not be pleased by that very poor excuse. He wants the money to be spent well, and so do we. We should be looking at how all public-procurement expenditure can integrate economic and social requirements. It is perfectly possible to work out how that can be done in practice because it is about effectiveness, efficiency, and using...

Northern Ireland Assembly: private members’ business: Post Offices (5 Jun 2007)

Ian Paisley: ...Agency remains committed to allowing people to access their pensions or benefits in cash at post offices if they choose to do so. However, OFMDFM has received legal advice that states that EU procurement law prevents the extension of the Post Office card account contract with Post Office Ltd. Instead, there must be a transparent procurement exercise allowing all contenders, including post...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Retention of the Existing A1 from Cloughogue Roundabout to the Border (4 Jun 2007)

Conor Murphy: ..., Dromore, Banbridge and Loughbrickland — will form part of the Roads Service’s Design-Build-Finance-Operate (DBFO) Package 2 contract, which is currently at the final negotiating stage of procurement. My Department hopes to award the contract in the next two months. In the meantime, preliminary site works have been carried out, and the necessary design work has been undertaken to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Free Personal Care (29 May 2007)

Robert Coulter: ...must be finished responsibly, and Members must remember their accountability for public finances. When the subject was raised in the Assembly in 2002, I said that the identification and the procurement of adequate funding was the only issue that precluded action; that remains the case. That was the responsible course of action to take in 2002, and it remains so today. The Assembly must...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Development of the Rail Network (14 May 2007)

Conor Murphy: ...has been major capital investment in improving sections of track on other lines. In addition, thanks to the funding decisions made by the Assembly and the previous Ministers, NIR has been able to procure 23 new train sets to replace 70% of its fleet. That cost £76·7 million and allowed the oldest and least reliable trains to be withdrawn from service. All of the new trains are in service...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Report on Workplace 2010 and Public Sector Jobs Location (23 Jan 2007)

Pat Doherty: ...Belfast area — over five to seven years as leases expire and larger buildings are refurbished. Thus some 35 buildings, along with several regional offices, will be included in the first phase of procurement. Although Sinn Féin has no difficulty with a modernising and reforming agenda that leads to better work practices and accommodation, it has a number of serious concerns. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Affordable Housing (15 Jan 2007)

Edwin Poots: ...and goes out of its way to provide housing for people. One of the issues that has arisen is the inability of the housing associations to proceed with new building and to exercise their powers to procure land for new developments. That leads me to my other point, which is the private-sector issue of the price of houses — a continual topic of conversation among people now. In my area, the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Agriculture (8 Jan 2007)

P J Bradley: DARD. Most interested Members of the Assembly have seen the ‘Five Steps to a Better Future’ document. I wish to devote the remainder of my speech to dealing with the subject of public procurement, and my colleagues Dolores Kelly, Tommy Gallagher, and Patsy McGlone will deal respectively with the different sections of the publication. I welcome the fact that the importance of public...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Introduction of the Offence of Corporate Manslaughter (12 Dec 2006)

Ken Robinson: ...for a corporation, Government Department, agency or body be expressly excluded from the Bill’s operation. It states: “(1) An individual cannot be guilty of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the commission of an offence of corporate manslaughter. (2) An individual cannot be guilty of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring, or being art and part in, the commission of an...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Secretary of State Motion: Spending Review and Priorities (7 Jul 2006)

John Dallat: ..., and the money attached to it, makes clear where it is appropriate, if at all, to accept hospitality such as dinners, galas, days at the races, and so on. Indeed, the whole area of public procurement or contracts, worth many millions of taxpayers’ money, has been undermined by scandals relating to hospitality and gifts. I do not propose to go into any detail because there are ongoing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Strategic Investment Body (7 Oct 2002)

Mark Durkan: ...investment portfolio. They are only one part of that, and it is to be a part that adds to the net investment that we are able to achieve, beyond what would be available to us under conventional procurement.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Water Quality and Planning (7 Oct 2002)

Dermot Nesbitt: ...Service would need to provide interim solutions at some locations in advance of the main schemes, to settle the advance plans’ start dates at other locations, and to undertake by traditional procurement some schemes currently comprising a public-private partnership/private finance initiative package. The Executive noted the paper and agreed to consider the way ahead in Water Service...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Credit Card Abuse (1 Oct 2002)

Sean Farren: ...the nature of credit cards means that those controls must be watertight. The Department of Finance and Personnel has issued guidance that makes that abundantly clear. Mr Dallat referred to the procurement card scheme that my Department’s Procurement Service operates; I encourage its use. The Government procurement card provides all the benefits and facilities of the more traditional...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Draft Programme for Government (24 Sep 2002)

Seamus Close: ...spread too thinly, with little benefit for the people of Northern Ireland. Many reviews have been carried out — reviews into rating, accommodation, the Civil Service, public administration and procurement. Waste issues, usage of assets et cetera are now being considered, and that is all good. However, there has been a slippage of some eight months in the accommodation review and of about...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Arts and Leisure: Public Library, Lisburn (23 Sep 2002)

Michael McGimpsey: ...the South Eastern Education and Library Board was exploring the provision of a new library for Lisburn under the private finance initiative (PFI) and that the project board had initiated the PFI procurement process. That process is continuing and is at the evaluation stage. I am pleased to say that the project is within the indicative time frame.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Review of Opportunities for Public-Private  Partnerships in Northern Ireland (16 Sep 2002)

Sean Farren: both sides greater influence and control over the project’s development, not just until the doors open but also throughout the lifespan of the project. That contrasts with the traditional procurement route, whereby a facility would be handed over and, in a sense, that would be that. If the facilities were not up to scratch, clients might have to chase contractors for a long time to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Review of Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships in Northern Ireland (16 Sep 2002)

Ms Jane Morrice: ...private sector has skills that make it inherently more efficient than the public sector is not always backed up by evidence. If this were the case, far from there being a preference for traditional procurement, there would be a preference for private sector solutions, with no reference to public sector comparators. Principles and economics must also be considered. Mr Close stated that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: North/South Ministerial Council: Inland Waterways (10 Sep 2002)

Gerry McHugh: ...want any groups excluded from either the upper or lower parts of Lough Erne or confined to areas where it is uneconomical for users to travel. The Minister said that the Council noted progress on procurement of permanent office accommodation for Waterways Irelands headquarters in Enniskillen. What progress has been made? I would have expected a decision much sooner than now. Has real...

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