Results 1–20 of 2000 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Planning Guidance: Impact on Rural Communities (19 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: ...from a wide range of interests, including local government, environmental groups, business and industry, residents' groups, professional bodies and individuals. In March 2017, the Department procured independent consultants to undertake research and provide an updated evidential context to inform the best strategic planning policy approach for development in the countryside. The research...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Social Housing (19 Oct 2021)

Deirdre Hargey: .... Changes are also being made in respect of corporation tax, and that money will be clawed back and put directly into the Housing Executive. Some of the delays are because of contractual issues in procurement, and those have had a knock-on effect. From a departmental point of view, the Housing Executive has had an increase in its budget: it is allowed to put the money that is going into...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Shared Education: Ballycastle (18 Oct 2021)

Mervyn Storey: ..., to visit a number of schools, including Ballycastle High School, that are getting new builds and to see at first hand the plans, whether she is content, albeit there are some concerns about the procurement process, that sufficient progress is being made and that the much-needed scheme and plan, which is an exemplary example of shared education, will be delivered. (AQT 1687/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Strule Shared Education Campus (18 Oct 2021)

Michelle McIlveen: ...have issued a ministerial direction to move to the next stage. Pre-tender engagement with the construction industry was completed in August. The next step is to formally commence a fresh main works procurement competition to build five post-primary schools and shared facilities, with the release of the invitation to tender scheduled for autumn this year. At that point, progress will be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Education Capital Plans (18 Oct 2021)

Michelle McIlveen: I thank the Member for his question. As I said, my officials have engaged with colleagues in construction and procurement delivery in the Department of Finance. They are finalising guidance that will assist parties to work out material costs and so on under a procurement advisory note that was issued on 3 August 2021. There are discussions taking place at the moment about ongoing projects. If...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Troubles Permanent Disablement Payment Scheme (5 Oct 2021)

Naomi Long: ...Board. Accommodation has been secured for the administration team, and the necessary IT equipment has been provided to staff to enable them to carry out their roles. My Department also arranged procurement of the service for assessing the level of permanent disablement of applicants to the scheme. The contract was awarded to Capita in February, and my Department has ensured the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Vets: Shortage (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: ...NICS agency framework. Officials are also investigating contracting the supply of vets with providers of veterinary services, with the assistance of the Department of Finance’s construction and procurement division. In the meantime, my priority is to ensure that we have sufficient vets to carry out the vital work in our meat processing plants, in field offices delivering TB eradication,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Planning: Rural Communities (4 Oct 2021)

Nichola Mallon: ...responses from a wide of range interests, including local government, environmental groups, business, industry, residents' groups, professional bodies and individuals. In March 2017, the Department procured consultants to undertake research and provide an updated evidential context to inform the best strategic planning policy approach for development in the countryside. That research...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Lisburn to Antrim Railway Line (6 Jul 2021)

Nichola Mallon: ...a very important point: it is also about ensuring that we take action to encourage more people to use sustainable transport and public transport. Our rail network is an important part of that. The procurement process for the all-island strategic rail review has begun. It is restricted to a maximum period of 12 months. As I said, it will be data-driven, and it will report back, but an...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Social Clauses (5 Jul 2021)

Conor Murphy: The discussion on the matter went to the Executive. Part of the change to procurement is that, rather than being a Department of Finance policy that it must try to get other Departments to adopt, it has been brought to the entire Executive and has their stamp of approval and will get a uniform approach from Departments because Ministers are obliged to follow through on it. I have had dialogue...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The Sea Fish Industry (Coronavirus) (Fixed Costs) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (5 Jul 2021)

Edwin Poots: ...more prosperous, improve the marine environment and enhance our reputation as suppliers of quality sustainable seafood. My Department is finalising the business case to inform decisions about procuring the detailed environmental and technical studies that will be needed to take the harbour proposals forward. I thank all Members who commented. Question put and agreed to. Resolved: That the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Social Scoring Value (5 Jul 2021)

Conor Murphy: We reconstituted the Procurement Board, and, rather than procurement policy being the property of the Finance Department and our Department having to attempt to get other Departments to adhere to it and follow it through, we have brought in a change that means that procurement policy is brought to the Executive for approval. The policy has Executive approval and is an Executive matter. All...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer — Justice: Capita: Troubles-related-incident Victims' Payment Scheme (29 Jun 2021)

Peter Weir: ...who had shown horrendous problems in previous employment, none of us would touch that applicant with a barge pole. The Minister is keen on facts. Capita was awarded the contract by way of a procurement exercise. Will the Minister spell out specifically what level of weighting, when assessing Capita and any other organisations that were seeking this contract, was given to the past...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Damp and Mould in Housing Executive Properties (28 Jun 2021)

Deirdre Hargey: ...and troughs associated with maintenance cycles that do not always fit within the boundaries of each financial year. Although the reserve balance has increased significantly over the past few years, procurement issues and the COVID lockdown, which stopped the Housing Executive delivering anything except emergency maintenance for some time, mean that the total held is nothing more than a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Communities in Transition (28 Jun 2021)

Michelle O'Neill: ..., and I very much welcome that being put into place. You have asked before about different projects under Communities in Transition and the progress that has been made. We are moving to an open procurement process in line with procurement policy around new projects. We have to learn lessons from all these reviews. I am very happy to write to the Member to provide her with more detail on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Capita: PIP Assessments (22 Jun 2021)

Pat Catney: ...of successful appeals against PIP assessment decisions. They are particularly shocking in Lagan Valley. Why have you extended Capita's contract for another two years without going through the procurement process?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill: Progress (22 Jun 2021)

Deirdre Hargey: I thought that I answered that yesterday, Matthew. I am giving a commitment to try to have that person in place. The procurement will take about six months, but there is a commitment to make that appointment. If we had tried to change everything in the legislation to get it perfect, we would not have got it passed in this mandate. There was an urgency for me, because we had waited 25 years to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 2) Bill: Final Stage (22 Jun 2021)

Steve Aiken: I thank the Minister for giving way. One of his other roles is chairman of the Procurement Board. The concern that he has just raised has significance for projects such as the A5 and its viability, considering the increased costs and the fact that construction work has not started. Is the Minister talking to other Ministers to make sure that value for money is applied to all projects? There...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: North/South Ministerial Council: Inland Waterways (22 Jun 2021)

Nichola Mallon: .... EU directives no longer apply to the UK and that may lead to an incremental divergence in legislation with the passage of time. As the Member will know, the UK no longer has to comply with EU procurement directives. Following Brexit, the UK's rules on procurement are likely to remain in the short term, but they may change in the medium term. The additional procurement regime will bring...


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