Results 61–80 of 700 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private members’ business: Current Economic Downturn (8 Dec 2008)

Jennifer McCann: ...and financial difficulties caused by the economic downturn. The Executive have already set out their commitment to maximise social and employment opportunities for everyone through the public-procurement process, which, although an essential part of the investment strategy, is even more important now. We must grasp that opportunity to secure jobs and create employment opportunities. Almost...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council: Trade and Business Development (10 Sep 2013)

Alban Maginness: ....  I agree with the thrust of the report:  an awful lot of work is being done by InterTradeIreland.  There is, however, one area in which InterTradeIreland could involve itself, namely public procurement, to assist businesses, North and South, in accessing the various procurement capacities of both Governments, North and South.  Is there any role, Minister, that InterTradeIreland could...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Northern Ireland Assembly (6 Mar 2012)

Arlene Foster: ...to make the change to a Fairtrade option. That might be something simple like swapping to Fairtrade tea or asking some of your local shops to stock more Fairtrade choices. Back in March 2006, the procurement board, now chaired by Minster Wilson, published guidance on the procurement of fair trade products to assist public sector buyers in promoting the availability of fair trade options...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance and Personnel: Frameworks Process (26 Jan 2009)

Nigel Dodds: The Member has highlighted an issue that has been raised many times, and which I have taken firmly on board. As I have already indicated, all construction work that has been allocated by the Central Procurement Directorate during the past 12 months has gone to local construction firms. I have already mentioned the requirement to advertise publicly all construction procurement opportunities. I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: Corporate Social Responsibilty (14 Sep 2009)

Conor Murphy: My Department is following guidance prepared by DFP’s Central Procurement Directorate and the Equality Commission on sustainable development and equality of opportunity in public sector procurement. In line with that guidance and at my instruction, action plans have been produced by Roads Service, NI Water and Translink. Those will include proposals for implementing critical community...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Procurement Policy (27 Sep 2021)

Conor Murphy: A new procurement policy note on scoring social value was published in July following endorsement by the Executive. In support of that policy, training on bidding for government contracts will be rolled out to voluntary and community groups. In addition, I plan to bring a new policy on the procurement of social and community-type services to the Executive. That policy will ensure that, when...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Londonderry to Coleraine Railway (10 Oct 2011)

Stewart Dickson: Thank you, Minister, for your statement. It is a very welcome statement indeed. I wish to press you, as others have done, with regard to the procurement process. It is generally given that the construction work will probably flow well to a timetable, but we have had hiccups in the past in relation to the procurement. Will the Minister assure us that the procurement process will be scrutinised...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Road Resurfacing Contracts: Legal Challenges (15 Jun 2021)

Nichola Mallon: Members may be aware of the recent Court of Appeal judgement relating to procurement competitions in 2015 that were awarded by the former Department for Regional Development (DRD) and of a new legal challenge served on the Department for Infrastructure that has prevented the award of the 2021 resurfacing contracts in four areas. The purpose of the statement is to update the Assembly on the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 3) Bill: Second Stage (15 Jun 2010)

Sammy Wilson: The Member is being a bit unfair, both to herself and to the House on the issue of social clauses. All of us wish to see some social value coming from public procurement, and, indeed, that is now formalised in the procurement process. Frequently, I go out and look at public procurement projects to see what is happening on the ground and to get a flavour of where money is being spent....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Construction Industry Training Board (13 Oct 2009)

Reg Empey: ...not only outsourcing that is specifically to do with training. I am sure that most Members, at some stage, have been concerned about that sort of issue. The Member will be aware that the Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) of the Department of Finance and Personnel carries out procurement exercises on behalf of all Departments. I am not sure whether the CPD carries out procurement...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: North/South Ministerial Council: Environment (14 Nov 2011)

Alex Attwood: ...the period up to 2020-25. Ultimately, however, I accept that, whatever the direction of travel may be for waste being recycled, there will be a need for alternative disposal. That is why we have procurement going on in respect of the three companies reflecting the 26 councils in the North. I am highly vigilant around that procurement process. It runs into hundreds of millions of pounds and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Housing Executive Maintenance Contracts (3 Nov 2020)

Carál Ní Chuilín: I will get the exact figure for the Member, because it has changed. It has changed because, as we mentioned earlier, there have been procurement challenges in some areas that have put back maintenance contracts. The threshold for challenging procurement contracts is so low that anyone with 250 quid can go into a court to object to millions of pounds of procurement to alleviate some of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: North/South Ministerial Council: Trade and Business Development (4 Feb 2002)

Conor Murphy: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I return to the issue of procurement policy, which is, as the Minister pointed out, a matter for each jurisdiction to decide upon. I am not sure whether the Southern figures that he gave were in euros or punts, but there is a substantial amount of money in the public procurement purse. Can he assure us that some cognisance of targeting social need...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Education: Education and Library Boards: Procurement (14 Dec 2010)

Caitriona Ruane: ...is independent. Of course the Department has a role to play in stewardship. Is leis na Boird Oideachais agus Leabharlann í an fhreagracht fála san earnáil rialaithe. Responsibility for procurement across the controlled sector rests with the education and library boards, and the Department has regularly sought and received assurance that procurement practices are in line with best...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance and Personnel: Contracts (16 Mar 2010)

Sammy Wilson: The Northern Ireland procurement policy is delivering best value for money. The Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) measures value-for-money gains achieved when each contract is awarded. In the 11 months to February 2010, CPD recorded value-for-money gains of £21 million: in other words, it examined projects and thought that they could be done better. That compares with £17·5 million for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: FINANCE AND personnel: Electronic Tendering System (23 Mar 2009)

Nigel Dodds: It is not a question of whether that situation will be monitored: it is continuously monitored. The Construction Industry Forum Procurement Task Group meets fortnightly to discuss all those issues with the construction industry and businesses, so it directly engages with Government on those issues. Public-sector procurement procedures are highly regulated according to UK national law and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Waste: Illegal Dumping (13 Sep 2011)

Alex Attwood: That issue occupies my mind disproportionately at the current time, not least because the process of procurement is advancing, and we may be entering a critical phase in moving to some further developments with the three procurement groups. It preoccupies my mind disproportionately because we are talking about expenditure measured in hundreds of millions of pounds and contracts that extend...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Social Investment Fund (12 May 2014)

Jennifer McCann: The Member raises an important point about ensuring that local delivery partners are given that opportunity.  When procurement and government contracts go out, we hear that small and medium-sized businesses, particularly those from the community sector and from people who deliver in the community, can find the process difficult.  However, our preference is for locally designed interventions...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Public Procurement (15 Jan 2001)

Mark Durkan: Public procurement rules are guided not just by our priorities and concerns but by EU regulations also. Therefore, we try to ensure full conformity with EU regulations. As regards the implementation team that I referred to, we are making provision to ensure that membership of that team will include people with particular expertise on equality matters. The potential for procurement...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance And Personnel: Procurement Task Group (23 Feb 2009)

Nigel Dodds: I announced the establishment of the construction industry forum procurement task group in my statement to the Assembly on 15 December 2008. The group held its inaugural meeting on 17 December 2008. It has met on three further occasions, and it will continue to meet at two-weekly intervals until the end of March 2009. A key role of the task group is to monitor and report progress on projects...


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