Results 21–40 of 700 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance and Personnel: Public Expenditure (20 Sep 2010)

Sammy Wilson: Of course, we look at the amount of public procurement not only on the capital side but on the current side. As the Member will know, through public procurement, its rules and the kind of public procurement that we undertake, we have sought to take into account the needs of particular sectors. In some cases, we have realigned and reprofiled our capital spend to do so. We have also examined...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Enterprise, Trade And Investment: 10-day Payment Rule (29 Sep 2009)

Arlene Foster: After an open procurement exercise, that contract was awarded to the person that complied with the contract tender. I regret that the Member was not in his seat to hear me when I talked about public procurement this morning. However, public procurement is one of those areas in which Government can help a lot. We have seen InterTradeIreland introduce the Go-2-Tender programme, which has been...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Steps to Work Contracts (27 Apr 2009)

Nigel Dodds: ...alternative contractual models to the model used by the New Deal programme and to recommend a model to deliver Steps to Work. One objective of that review was to recommend a contractual model and procurement strategy that would reduce the number of contracts and service providers that the Department was required to manage and that would have more effective legal control of the contracts...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Locally Produced Food (14 Apr 2008)

Willie Clarke: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. I support amendment No 1, and I welcome this debate. I put on record that procurement by Govern­ment Departments of local produce is essential in any society and an issue on which I have been intensively lobbying the Minister. I have met Government procurement officials — the director of the CPD and its head of policy and planning. Both assured me...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Primary Schools: Computer-based Assessment (25 Mar 2014)

John O'Dowd: We introduced a centrally procured computer-based assessment on the basis that it would save schools the money and time needed to seek out and procure individual assessments.  A significant number of our schools use commercially available assessments, and that is referred to in the OECD report.  Indeed, it was touched on in the CBA report as well.  Those assessments, though useful, do not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Waste Management:  Arc21 (1 Oct 2012)

Alex Attwood: I thank the Member for his question.  As Members know, there is an ongoing waste procurement strategy for Northern Ireland.  The outworking of that sees three groups of councils, through procurement groups — the Southern Waste Management Partnership (SWaMP),  the North West Region Waste Management Group (NWRWMG) and Arc21 — taking forward the procurement of waste need in future.  I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Procurement Legislation: Human Rights (8 Jun 2021)

Conor Murphy: We are looking at a range of measures. As the Member will probably know from listening to me previously in the Chamber, we reconstituted the Procurement Board and brought on practitioners, including people from the social enterprise sector. We have been engaging with the community and voluntary sector. There is a sector in my Department that looks at ethical procurement from which we will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Public Procurement (8 Oct 2012)

Sammy Wilson: I welcome the opportunity to make a statement on public procurement.  It is an issue that has been raised in the Assembly on a large number of occasions.  I want to outline some of the issues that are pertinent to the questions that Members have raised.  It is a cross-cutting issue, and, as Ministers in the Executive, we must explore further the potential for procurement to help to deliver...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Education: Department of Education: Procurement (13 Sep 2010)

Caitriona Ruane: .... I will continue to ensure that we will continue to use best practice. We meet the education and library boards and work very closely with the Department of Finance and Personnel’s Central Procurement Directorate. The Department of Education’s permanent secretary sits on the procurement board, which sets out procurement policy for all Departments and oversees implementation of those...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Public Procurement Opportunities (24 Sep 2013)

Basil McCrea: One thing that surprises me about the debate so far is that there has been no discussion about the forthcoming EU procurement directive.  The Cabinet Office issued a procurement policy note in July 2013 — just at the start of the summer — providing an update on the progress towards modernising the EU procurement rules.  As many Members, including Mr Girvan, said, the EU tends to have a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Pre-Budget Statement (19 Jun 2001)

Mark Durkan: The procurement review implementation team, which was established in February 2001, is reviewing procurement policy and procedures with very much the purpose that Mr Bradley has referred to in mind. The findings of the initial review, which was conducted before devolution, indicated that, if we were to set similar targets to those set for Departments in Great Britain, we could achieve...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Procurement Board (5 Oct 2020)

Conor Murphy: I plan to chair a meeting of the Procurement Board in November. Public procurement expenditure is approximately 25% of the Executive’s Budget, and it is an important function to assist the local economy recover from the impact of COVID-19. I intend to ask the board to agree future strategic priorities for public procurement. Those will include an enhanced focus on social value, increased...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Invest NI: Business Start-ups (15 May 2012)

Arlene Foster: ...parties came together at the end of the case, they agreed a public statement on the outcome, and that was all that was to be said on the matter. They agreed that they would terminate the current procurement procedure and that we would start a new procurement procedure. If Central Procurement Directorate has lessons to learn from the procedure that has happened to date, I am sure that it...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture and rural development: Local Produce (4 Feb 2008)

Michelle Gildernew: .... I will take questions 1 and 3 together. I am grateful for the opportunity to update Assembly colleagues on an issue that I have prioritised since taking up office. Through the sustainable procurement action plan, my officials are working with the Central Procurement Directorate to develop advice and guidance on the public procurement of food. I am keen to explore every opportunity to use...

Northern Ireland Assembly: regional development: Corporate Social Responsibility (11 May 2009)

Conor Murphy: In relation to procurement, my Department follows the guidance prepared by Central Procurement Directorate and the Equality Commission on sustainable development and equality of opportunity in public-sector procurement. In line with that guidance, action plans have recently been produced at my instruction by Roads Service, Northern Ireland Water and Translink. Those include proposals for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Public Procurement: SMEs (30 Jun 2014)

Simon Hamilton: Improving the access of SMEs to public procurement opportunities has been a key area of focus for the procurement board over the last three years.  Under my chairmanship, the board has overseen a programme to simplify processes, reduce bureaucracy and remove potential barriers to SMEs. Building on the recommendations made in the Finance and Personnel Committee's report on public procurement,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Public Services Ombudsperson Bill: Second Stage (11 May 2015)

Daithí McKay: ...legislative proposals for the office of the ombudsman in 2012, when it received a briefing from Dr Tom Frawley. Although the briefing concentrated on the role of the ombudsman's office in public procurement issues, the discussions covered some general issues about the unique role played by the office. However, given the remit of the Committee for Finance and Personnel, I will restrict my...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: OFMDFM: Outward Investment (14 May 2012)

Peter Robinson: In terms of our own procurement, we have to recognise that the central procurement unit has to operate within the legal constraints of European regulations. However, there are ways of putting out contracts for procurement that can make it more attractive to local companies. Some of that may be by reducing the size and breaking up some of the contracts so that it is easier for local companies...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Procurement Board: Environmental Criteria (20 Apr 2021)

Conor Murphy: As the Member will know, we have recently reconstituted the Procurement Board. We have added many more people with direct experience, both those who have procured in various Departments and those who have been at the business end of that, in order to try to improve the overall procurement function. We are looking very closely at that. I intend to bring in policy on social value, which can...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Social and Economic Marginalisation (19 Nov 2001)

Mark Durkan: Following on from the implementation review, one of our public procurement aims is to reduce the transaction costs so that we can re-deploy savings into vital areas of expenditure, not least to support broader social and economic policy. Although the policy of value for money will run through all areas of procurement, like letters through a stick of rock, it is also possible to achieve other...


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