Results 141–160 of 2000 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget Bill: Second Stage (25 Feb 2020)

Conor Murphy: ...We rely, instead, on NISRA and other people who provide statistics, so we do not need to debate objective need any more. The process is already there for doing that. Pat Catney raised issues about procurement and prompt payment. Of course, I will chair the Procurement Board from here on, and we will raise some of those issues and look at how we can continue to improve on the way that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Street Triage Project (25 Feb 2020)

Robin Swann: ...Saturday to support that group. Health and Social Care organisations work closely with many organisations to provide services in the community, and all such services are funded in line with public procurement policy. I hope that he can appreciate that it is not possible to provide funding to organisations that are outside that framework. I am aware that the Belfast Health and Social Care...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Skills Deficit: Senior Civil Servants (25 Feb 2020)

Conor Murphy: ...to delivery. We always have lessons to learn when an Audit Office report comes out. As a former member of the Public Accounts Committee, I am aware of the work that goes into its reports. The Procurement Board, which I chair, will meet on 1 April, and I intend to have the Audit Office report discussed at the meeting, after which I will direct the Procurement Board to commence a review of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget Bill: Second Stage (25 Feb 2020)

Paul Givan: ...important point. The final point that I want to raise relates to infrastructure development and the capital requirements, not just on the resource side. I want to speak about my experience of the procurement process and the time that it takes to deliver schemes. In my constituency, I highlight, in my constituency, the need to increase the car-parking facility at Moira train station. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Head Teachers (24 Feb 2020)

Peter Weir: ...seeing where there can be other measures to increase autonomy. Whenever it has been mooted in the past, there has been a mixed bag of responses from school principals, but, in issues such as minor procurement, there is a good case for a more relaxed regime that enables, if you like, delivery on the ground. Again, it is part of an overall position of putting trust in the professionalism of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Minor Works Programme: Funding (24 Feb 2020)

Peter Weir: The Member makes two points. There is a particular issue with some of the maintenance work. We need to look at where the delegation of budgets lies and give greater opportunity for lower-level procurement from within schools. That is very significant, and a later question also deals with that. Where any maintenance or minor works give rise to particular issues of health and safety — I am...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the Spring Supplementary Estimates 2019-2020 and Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Estimates and Vote on Account 2020-21 (24 Feb 2020)

Daniel McCrossan: ...of the Assembly. The Audit Office also had a reduced capital requirement of £290,000 due to adjustments to the timetable associated with the refurbishment project and costs associated with the procurement of a design team. At the meeting last week, Committee members probed the NIAO officials on the financial implications of the Audit Office's refurbishment project, given the anticipated...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Vehicle Test Centres (10 Feb 2020)

Conor Murphy: ...an urgent external expert assessment of the steps needed to return the MOT centres to a position where a full testing service can be delivered. My Department has provided support with the procurement of that external expertise. The work commenced on 3 February, and, until such times as that assessment has been undertaken, it is not possible to determine the extent of any repair or...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: SEN Assessments: Electronic Record-keeping (10 Feb 2020)

Peter Weir: The Education Authority is engaged in phase 1 of a small business research initiative procurement process that includes the development and introduction of an electronic system of record-keeping for special educational needs assessments. This phase of the process is due for completion on 31 March 2020. The objectives of the process are to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the use of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Social Clauses (3 Feb 2020)

Deirdre Hargey: I thank the Member for her question. The Executive policy of integrating social considerations into contracts defines public-sector commitments to incorporate social clauses into public procurement. The buy social model has been operated by the strategic investment board since 2016 and has proven to be an effective means of providing targeted recruitment and training opportunities for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: School Enhancement Programme (14 Jan 2020)

Carál Ní Chuilín: I, too, congratulate the Minister of Education. I congratulate him on the investment in Cliftonville Integrated Primary School in North Belfast. It is very much welcomed. The Minister mentioned procurement earlier in his answer to, I think, Dolores Kelly. I would like procurement procedures to be strengthened so that it is not the case that, if schools go down the CPD route, more money is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Broadband: Newry and Armagh (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: ...responsibility for telecommunications matters. Additionally, initiatives have to be designed in a way that meets European Union state-aid rules, which require us to be technology-agnostic and any procurement to be open and competitive, with the overriding aim of ensuring value for money and delivering the maximum benefit for public funding. Public funds can and will, therefore, and very...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: ...imperative that we continue to crack down on any abuse of the scheme. Work by my officials is advancing on going to tender for 100% site inspections. This major project will take a little time to procure as it will have a value above the threshold where EU-wide tendering is required. However, once in place, we will have a new and much stronger process that will challenge abuse and take...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Tax Justice (16 Jan 2017)

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir: ...€20 billion, and the tax bill they paid was €20,000. It has been a priority of my Department to promote tax compliance in government contracts. With the help of officials, particularly our procurement officials, we have put in place additional measures to make sure that public contracts are tax avoidance and tax dodging-proofed. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015, which implement...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Housing Benefit (Welfare Supplementary Payment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Carál Ní Chuilín: I thank the Member for giving way. I completely agree with everything that he is saying, particularly around protections and public procurement programmes. I wonder why his party colleague stood outside Casement Park when £80 million of investment was going into the most deprived area, with all those protections for local people. Is it OK for us to build social houses but not dreams for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schools: Maintenance Budget (6 Dec 2016)

Peter Weir: ..., governors or school principals, "What autonomy do you want? We'll actually tell you what autonomy you're getting as part of that". It is an open-ended situation. An issue around maintenance and procurement has been raised regularly with me as I have been out around schools. It was also raised with me before I became Minister. It is a very pertinent issue. It is an area that I intend...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Social Investment Fund (6 Dec 2016)

Stephen Farry: ...the fact that the projects on the ground are of good quality. I have no reason to doubt that but I cannot make a full judgement because I do not know how they would stack up against other projects procured through other means. We can say, in absolute terms, "Yes, things are good" —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: South Belfast (5 Dec 2016)

Michelle McIlveen: ...it has been out of use since March this year and that the reason why it has not been replaced is an issue with replacement parts. The Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is in the process of procuring a new monitor. I understand that it continues to be able to monitor pollution but is using a different method to do so.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Parliament Buildings: Internet (29 Nov 2016)

Alex Attwood: I thank the Member for his question. I hope that he does not press me on the technical details. In 2011, the Assembly Commission procured and installed its own dedicated Internet connection to provide better and more consistent access to the Internet for all Parliament Buildings users. The service was originally provisioned at 20 megabits per second. Due to increasing demand, it was...


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