Results 101–120 of 2000 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Supply Chains: Post-Brexit (12 Oct 2020)

Edwin Poots: ...) 2015. No determinations have been received to date. The team has initiated the tender process for the design-and-build phase for the required inspection facilities in line with the programme procurement strategy, which was agreed with the Department of Finance. The contract award letters for the design and build of the proposed inspection facilities at Warrenpoint, Larne and Belfast...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (6 Oct 2020)

Matthew O'Toole: ...about getting the Nightingale facilities back up and running. That now seems like an inevitability, but I welcome much of what he said about increased capacity in the health service and increased procurement, over the past few months, of ventilators and PPE, which are, in a sense, two different parts of the NHS response to this virus. It is clear that, in the coming weeks, we will be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Driving Tests: Backlog (6 Oct 2020)

Nichola Mallon: ...the system crashed when it went online because of the volume of calls. In anticipating and trying to learn from that, my officials have been very closely engaged with the DVLA in England. We procured a queueing system to ensure that it would be able to cope. I am pleased to say that that is happening. As I said, we have been in a very significant recruitment process to bring in additional...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Driving Tests (6 Oct 2020)

Nichola Mallon: ...and fair approach. As I said in response to a number of questions from Members, this is a high-demand service that was shut for five to six months. However, as I hope that I have demonstrated, in procuring the queuing system for the online service, by the fact that we are recruiting 27 vehicle examiners and by exploring additional capacity through evening and weekend testing, we recognise...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Public Transport: Decarbonisation (6 Oct 2020)

Nichola Mallon: ...focused on delivering clean public transport and active travel options to build connectivity, reduce emissions and promote health and well-being for all. Earlier this year, I announced Translink's procurement of three hydrogen buses, which will see the first hydrogen buses and the first hydrogen refuelling station in Ireland. It is anticipated that those vehicles will go into service later...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Surge Planning Strategic Framework (6 Oct 2020)

Robin Swann: Since March 2020, the critical care network has procured 180 intensive care ventilators and 24 advanced patient transport ventilators to supplement our existing devices in treating our patients. Of those orders, 124 ventilators have been received, allocated and commissioned for use in HSC trusts. The remaining 80 ventilators are awaited from the supplier and are expected at the end of this...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Head of the Civil Service: Vacancy (5 Oct 2020)

Matthew O'Toole: ..., how any of the following can be achieved without there being a head of the Civil Service in place: the New Decade, New Approach (NDNA) commitment to Civil Service reform, including reviews of the procurement and appointment processes, public appointments and the arm’s-length bodies, as well as a series of reforms that came out of the renewable heat incentive (RHI) inquiry report. (AQT...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: School Estate: Upper Bann (29 Sep 2020)

Peter Weir: ...points are not necessarily addressed in the order in which they were raised. Mention was made of delegated decision-making. That is something I am very keen on. I move on to the introduction of new procurement. Mr O'Dowd raised the issues of procurement and construction. There is a wider challenge there, and we will be working with DOF colleagues on that. This is not simply a schools...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: COVID-19: Education Settings (29 Sep 2020)

Peter Weir: ...second best to direct classroom learning, as everybody in the system will concede. That is why the focus has to be on ensuring the maximum amount. The Member mentioned devices. There has been procurement of devices. We want to find a way in which we can ensure that those are obtained, for instance, where some parents may be a bit shy or nervous about asking for a device. There is another...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Helen's Law: Introduction of Equivalent Legislation (28 Sep 2020)

Alex Easton: ...law on serious sexual offences where the victim is not identified. The number of recorded sexual offences against children in Northern Ireland has reached an all-time high, according to statistics procured in 2019. In that 12-month period, 2,036 sexual offences against children were recorded, a significant rise of 34%. That is just unacceptable. Finally, I am frustrated and disappointed by...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Housing Executive: Maintenance Delays (28 Sep 2020)

Carál Ní Chuilín: I am aware of some delays. I know that there have been procurement challenges that have set back companies that were awarded tenders for maintenance work. I am aware that the threshold is very low now, so it is easier to make a legal challenge on procurement grounds, so that is slowing the programme down, on top of the global pandemic. I have asked the same question as the Member, and I am...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Recurring Flooding in the Newcastle Area (8 Sep 2020)

Nichola Mallon: ...and running now. Why can we not make it happen today? I understand that, and I understand residents' frustrations, but we have to follow processes with detailed design and contractors going out to procurement. That work is ongoing. When I was with the residents, I gave them my commitment — in front of officials — that we would do everything that we could to expedite that scheme and to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Appointment of an Expert Panel to Examine Links between Persistent Educational Underachievement and Socio-economic Background (28 Jul 2020)

Peter Weir: ...what the differences are. One difference is that the panel is referred to as an "expert group" in NDNA. That enabled us, by a particular route, which was then supported by DOF through Central Procurement Directorate, to move quicker to make direct appointments. The independent review panel is not referenced in that way. Therefore, its appointment process will probably be different and will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Climate Change and the Introduction of a Climate Change Act (21 Jul 2020)

Paul Givan: I thank the Member for giving way. Does he recognise the tangible effort that could be made with regard to procurement, for example, which his party has responsibility for in the Department of Finance, by reducing transportation costs by sourcing things locally and by not sourcing things from countries that are some of the biggest emitters of carbon? Is that not an action that his party could...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Disability Services and Family Carer Support (7 Jul 2020)

Emma Sheerin: ...stress of ensuring that their relative is being looked after appropriately can be compounded by worries about sick days or payslips. That has been magnified in recent times with concerns about the procurement of PPE or the securing of a COVID-19 test. I know from my experience of working with constituents on these matters that no two cases are ever identical, but the crux of the issue is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Health: Influenza Immunisation Programme (7 Jul 2020)

Robin Swann: .... We are trying to establish how much additional vaccine is available and how best it could be used, should we decide to purchase it. For the 2020-21 flu programme, the Public Health Agency has procured the following vaccine doses: 260,000 doses for use in those aged 65 and over; 265,000 doses for use in the under-65s in any at-risk group; 198,000 doses of the nasal spray vaccine for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Executive Committee (Functions) Bill: Accelerated Passage (6 Jul 2020)

Mervyn Storey: .... I always like to look at the person I am speaking to, Mr Deputy Speaker. The issue is that, next year, the Northern Ireland Audit Office will carry out two very important pieces of work; one on procurement and one on planning. Those will be fundamental because they look at issues that have created massive problems for investment in Northern Ireland. I very much welcome the fact that the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Concern and Anxiety over the Reopening of Schools (30 Jun 2020)

Peter Weir: ..., we have adopted a three-stage process, first of all looking at what devices were already in existing stock. Then, there had been about 3,500 devices that were being sought by EA and being procured. We are now at that second stage, and, during the last week, a number of those have been rolled out to try and address that. The Department is also in a position where it is going to central...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Public Expenditure: 2019-2020 Provisional Out-turn, 2020-21 June Monitoring Round and COVID-19 Reprioritisation (30 Jun 2020)

Conor Murphy: One of the lessons that we have learned from the pandemic is around critical health supplies being procured from the far side of the world because they happen to be cheaper, and we need to re-evaluate how we do our own procurement. We have a very strong, efficient and innovative manufacturing base here, and it clearly showed that when sections of that manufacturing base stepped up, reprofiled...


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