Results 161–180 of 2000 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Arm's-length Bodies (22 Nov 2016)

Alastair Ross: a few examples of where the Executive have made significant savings. Areas such as rent, rates and service charges in the office estate, and energy consumption, have been reduced; collaborative procurement contracts have been let to ensure that economies of scale have been enjoyed across large areas of the public sector; and IT provision and telephony have been harmonised to achieve a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Capital Investment (22 Nov 2016)

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir: opportunity to engage with government on investment opportunities and, of course, on where the funding will come from. In addition, I have recently appointed seven new external members to the procurement board from the private and voluntary and community sectors to determine how we spend our money. That includes Colin Maxwell, who is an artist and architect. I have tasked him with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: EU Updates (22 Nov 2016)

William Humphrey: ..., if I may. I know that the Minister, as a Belfast representative like me, will have an interest in that. Given that the public inquiry has progressed, the proprietary work has started and procurement is well advanced, does he agree that work has essentially begun on what is a crucial infrastructure project for this city and region, connecting airports, ports and the two motorways in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Rating Policy (22 Nov 2016)

Trevor Lunn: ...shops are acting in direct competition with fully fledged shops that are paying fully fledged rates. The Minister talks about balance and a constructive approach but I question, in terms of procurement of stock and the way they operate, whether some of them are actually what was meant to be a charity shop at the beginning of all this.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Opposition Business: Poverty and Deprivation (21 Nov 2016)

Nichola Mallon: ..., given that 45% of those living in poverty are in work. It must contain plans to keep people in work and help those who are out of work, including our disabled, to find work. Social clauses in procurement have an important role to play. The provision of high-quality, affordable childcare is critical because of not only the evident benefits to the child but the employment and financial...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer: Social Investment Fund: Audit (21 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: ...a conflict was declared, the steering group member was not permitted to be involved in any discussion or decision around the prioritisation of the proposal. Steering group members involved in the procurement of service delivery organisations were required to declare any conflict of interest in relation to those bidding. If a conflict was declared, the member was no longer involved in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Infrastructure: York Street Interchange Project (15 Nov 2016)

Christopher Hazzard: I never once announced that the project was on hold. What I said was that the procurement process for the project had been lengthened, which allowed me to take stock of the financial and geopolitical situation that we now face. The Member will no doubt admit that we are in very uncertain political and financial times. The Member also flagged up assurances. The first available opportunity...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schools: Maintenance Budget/Budget Powers (15 Nov 2016)

Peter Weir: schools themselves in a sensible fashion, I am very open to it. That correspondence is fairly open-ended for suggestions. It does not concentrate on particular aspects, such as maintenance or procurement, but those can easily be brought back to me in a response from schools.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Forge Integrated Primary School (15 Nov 2016)

Peter Weir: ...raise with me the point that there is a very obvious place for a particular school to go, but site searches are always commissioned with any new capital build, and work is under way to develop procurement documentation to engage integrated design teams. As with any proposal, barring any change that I have no control over, once a school has been announced for a new build, it will happen....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Infrastructure: York Street Interchange: Funding (14 Nov 2016)

Christopher Hazzard: ...what I have said all along about the York Street interchange. It is strategically a very important project. It is a project I want to be able to deliver. I took the decision to lengthen the procurement period so that I can take all available advice. We have seen that the landscape, even with Brexit, has changed, with High Court rulings since that decision was taken. I am hoping the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Health Trusts: Mileage Policy (8 Nov 2016)

Michelle O'Neill: I am in constant conversation with the Finance Minister about procurement and how we can secure better terms and conditions when we have to go to the independent sector. If we are serious about supporting the lowest-paid workers in our society, we should ensure that, when we procure services, we do them justice by making sure they are part of the contract. Obviously, we are in a difficult...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Subcontractors: Prompt Payments (8 Nov 2016)

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir: ...practices in government contracts reflect that, as they may be issued with a certificate of unsatisfactory performance. Receipt of that certificate can result in a firm being excluded from public procurement competitions for up to three years.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (25 Oct 2016)

Mervyn Storey: I thank the Member for giving way. I would like to add that there are issues with procurement. The current Minister, who is, like me, a former Finance Minister, will recognise the challenges in the procurement process, which has become very bureaucratic and burdensome to small business in particular. There are serious issues with the procurement process, and it needs considerable work to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Street Lighting: Costs (18 Oct 2016)

Christopher Hazzard: ...activities; and street-lighting electricity costs. For all those areas of work, my Department uses competitive tendering to ensure that street-lighting materials, labour and electricity are procured in a way that delivers best value for money. The costs for new provision and maintenance activities are relatively straightforward to calculate. They are simply the product of the applicable...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Racial Equality Strategy (11 Oct 2016)

Claire Hanna: .... Thirty per cent of those surveyed had experienced racial harassment or bullying in the workplace. There are a number of recommendations that I will not have time to go into on using public procurement to incentivise racial diversity and for businesses to demonstrate real leadership. Related to that is the need for better regulation of precarious and low-paid work. That is obviously...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: LED Street Lighting (4 Oct 2016)

Christopher Hazzard: ...investment of around £3 million. The pilot also allowed my Department to gain direct experience of how it can best deliver the necessary surveys, the design specification of LED equipment and the procurement of the equipment, as well as to assess the LED technology in a wide range of residential scenarios. I acknowledge that concerns have been raised by residents, elected representatives...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Executive Openness and Transparency (4 Oct 2016)

Stephen Farry: ...unique or new but are things that could have been addressed in the past by my Department — the Department for Employment and Learning — and the Department for Social Development through proper procurement measures, which can engage with the community and voluntary sector. When we end up bypassing those procedures, a whole range of risks are being borne by government, and we are just...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Road Maintenance Budget Deficit (20 Sep 2016)

Richie McPhillips: ...renewal schemes that the money could be spent on. Thirdly, do not allow the DUP to continue to strangle North/South work. The scale of what could be done on infrastructure planning, health, procurement and so much more is enormous. It would not only make money go further on the island but deliver better public services for the people of Ireland. Fourthly, the motion is about the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Road Maintenance Budget Deficit (20 Sep 2016)

Kellie Armstrong: ...should be capable of delivering this costed strategic plan. There are enough professionals employed in Transport NI who can identify and cost out road maintenance. The Department is adept at procuring contractors. Any contractor or grant recipient is expected to provide a costed business case. Therefore, it should not take an extraordinary amount of time or expenditure on external...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Blue Badge Backlog (19 Sep 2016)

Christopher Hazzard: access that contract. The situation has now been resolved, and it is hoped we will be allowed to access the service in April 2017. That situation meant that the Department had to locally procure new blank badges to enable it to continue processing. The new blank badges arrived on 7 July 2016, and the process of issuing those held up in the backlog began immediately. Five agency staff...

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