Results 41–60 of 700 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: 2008-09 December Monitoring Round and Executive Response to the Economic Downturn (15 Dec 2008)

Nigel Dodds: I thank the Member for her question and for raising that issue. [Laughter.] She and other Members will know that environmental and social guidelines exist for the procurement process. Therefore, that issue has been taken on board. We recognise that, when seeking best value and ensuring that the best projects are advanced in the best way, there are several dimensions to procurement. DFP’s...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of the first Minister and deputy First minister: Procurement of Local Produce (10 Dec 2007)

Michelle Gildernew: ...Comhairle. Strict restraints on public procure­ment are set out in EU legislation. Nevertheless, I believe that the North produces a wholesome quality product that more than meets the public procurement criteria. Our challenge is to ensure that the agrifood industry is in a strong position to tender for contracts and that contracts are accessible for small and medium-sized businesses to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Procurement: Security of Supply (24 Nov 2020)

Conor Murphy: From my perspective, the Procurement Board and the general procurement of contracts has to follow a set of criteria. However, the experience of the pandemic is such that security of supply has to be key whereas, previously, price was king with regard to procurement. The evidence during the pandemic was that there is sufficient capacity, skill and ingenuity in local manufacturing to meet some...

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

Conor Murphy: Councils operate under a different framework for procurement, but we have had some discussions with councils, and quite a few of them have expressed an interest in incorporating social value into their procurement practices. My team on the procurement side in the Department will work with councils to give them advice, even within the framework that they currently have, to make sure that they...

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

Simon Hamilton: ...for being momentarily late into the House. From the outset of my appointment as Minister of Finance and Personnel, I have said that I am aware of the criticisms that have been levelled at public procurement in Northern Ireland and which have been echoed in the debate.  In fact, in a speech that I made to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) a few days after my appointment, I said...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Northern Ireland Assembly (27 Mar 2012)

Jim Allister: The Minister referred to an £18 billion public procurement market. Using whatever are the latest figures that she has, will she tell us what has been Northern Ireland companies’ share of the Republic’s procurement market and vice versa in respect of our procurement market and companies from the Republic, given that Northern Ireland exports to the Republic fell by 16% last year?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Environment: Contracts (9 Sep 2002)

Dermot Nesbitt: Further to the procurement board’s decision on 3 July 2002 to undertake a pilot study on the use of public procurement contracts to help the unemployed back to work, my Department examined all contracts to be advertised over the next six to nine months. A service contract in the Environment and Heritage Service has been identified as meeting the criteria set out in the pilot study by the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers To Questions: Housing Associations: Procurement (1 Oct 2007)

Margaret Ritchie: Mr Deputy Speaker, with your perm­ission, I shall answer questions 4 and 7 together. There is no reason for the delivery of social-housing programmes to be disrupted by the change to new procurement arrangements. The projects that are already on site when the change takes place will continue under the old arrangements. No decisions have been taken about the number of procurement groups or...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Antrim Area Hospital:  Procurement Review (11 Feb 2014)

Edwin Poots: We had asked for a course of work to be done.  In the past few weeks, I made a statement to the House that indicated that there were procurement issues.  Although there was no evidence of fraud, there were certainly weaknesses in procurement.  We are looking to close off those weaknesses and have a much more robust procurement scheme in the Northern Trust area.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Construction Sector: Economic Performance (12 May 2015)

Arlene Foster: ...and one that has been raised with me in my former position as Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. It is very important that the construction industry has early visibility of forthcoming procurements to allow it to get ready and, indeed, to work with other companies so that they can make a good bid in terms of the procurement. Central Procurement Directorate published guidelines...

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: Finance and personnel: 2012 Olympic Games (5 May 2009)

Nigel Dodds: I presume that the Member’s question relates to the overall situation, not just the Olympic Games. As he will be aware, work has been done through the procurement task group, which was set up recently and has met regularly. I think that a report will come forward this week at the procurement board meeting. That very significant piece of work has been undertaken by Central Procurement...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Titanic Signature Project (23 Feb 2010)

Arlene Foster: They are evaluated on that basis, and that is what today’s debate on public procurement is about. I am not in charge of public procurement, which is a matter for the Minister of Finance and Personnel, but I have a particular issue with the contract for the Titanic signature project because of the public money that came out of DETI for it. I take the Member’s points on board. That is why...

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: Northern Ireland Assembly (14 Feb 2012)

Sammy Wilson: ..., and contracts for two parts of the A5 and for the A8 were awarded to Northern Ireland firms. The contracts for the hospitals and the A2 have not yet been awarded. The Member will know that, under procurement rules, we cannot show favour to Northern Ireland firms. However, I hope that the success that Northern Ireland firms have had in tendering for the some of the major schemes will...

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

Naomi Long: The former Minister will be aware from his own experience that procurement has to follow the procurement rules that are set down by the Department of Finance, and so it is in this case. We followed those procurement rules. If the Member wants further information in respect of the weighting of the various aspects of the scheme, we are more than happy to provide that to him in writing.

Northern Ireland Assembly: environment: Waste Repatriation (5 Oct 2009)

Edwin Poots: The first meeting in the process to let a contract under compulsory EU procurement rules took place in Dublin on 8 September 2009. Dublin City Council has the lead responsibility for procurement under the framework agreement. The next meeting will take place on 7 October. The procure­ment process will take at least three to four months, and work will commence as soon as possible after a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Social Development: Housing Executive: Maintenance Contracts (6 Dec 2011)

Nelson McCausland: The Housing Executive has completed an evaluation process for the selection stage to procure new contractors. It has selected the companies that will proceed to tender and hopes to issue tender documents this week, for return by 16 January 2012. I can assure the Member that major changes have been made to the current tendering process. A gateway review health check late last year contained 14...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Invest NI: Audit Office Report (24 Apr 2012)

Arlene Foster: ...we, along with colleagues in CPD, will be looking at closely, because we are very clear that if such cases are taken, we need to learn the lessons from them. It is my hope and desire that a new procurement will be available to our own indigenous companies in the very near future. Actually, that procurement ran only to, I think, the end of September 2013; therefore, we would have had to...

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

Conor Murphy: ...it is supposed to do, which is collecting rates. There is still some more work to be done to get support out there, and it has performed that function very effectively. We of course want to make procurement as efficient as possible, and we are not looking simply at social value and how procurement can be of benefit more broadly. Procurement has to be done efficiently. We have to make sure...


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