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

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...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill: Further Consideration Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Deirdre Hargey: ..., it has been long overdue, and I thank everybody who has made a contribution to it. On the appointment of the independent expert, some of the initial stuff will take at least six months for procurement and for that person to be in post. Again, neither I nor my officials will rest on our laurels, and we will try to speed up where we can. There will not be any undue delay. There is a...

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

Mike Nesbitt: ...the potential implications for those officials and for the officials who, RHI-style, did not take any minutes of a crucial meeting in September 2015 and, indeed, the implications for the centre of procurement excellence, given the failure to perform such a basic function as minute taking?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: NICS Jobs: Young People (8 Jun 2021)

Conor Murphy: ...the Civil Service as a potential career path in the future. In addition, work to expand the number of Civil Service apprenticeships is ongoing, with two apprentice recruitment exercises for procurement and civil engineering now live. Further Civil Service apprenticeships are under development. We are also developing a new management trainee scheme aimed at graduates.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill: Consideration Stage (8 Jun 2021)

Deirdre Hargey: ...assessment relates to only one of the components detailed in the Member's amendment. It took about 11 months to complete and cost in the region of £21,000. I have been advised by officials in procurement and consultancy that, given the complexity of such a review and the sheer size, scale and number of variables, pre-market engagement would be required. That would take somewhere between...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Main Estimates 2021-22 (7 Jun 2021)

Conor Murphy: ...about that is the overlap between an infrastructure commission and the duplication of work already undertaken by bodies such as the Strategic Investment Board and my Department's construction and procurement delivery role. We need to get some clarity that we are not creating additional bodies at a time when we are reviewing arm's-length bodies and have given a commitment in NDNA to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: High Street Stimulus Scheme (7 Jun 2021)

Diane Dodds: ...choose where they spend it. The parameters and restrictions on that are, as I said, that it is not allowed to be used online, for gambling or for financial and legal services, etc. We are out to procurement — that process has almost finished — for a provider for the card. We will then launch it and work with local chambers of commerce in order to make sure that we get across a "Buy...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Main Estimates 2021-22 (7 Jun 2021)

Andrew Muir: ...we currently spend money on major capital projects remains suboptimal, to say the least. The Audit Office's 2019 landmark report, 'Major Capital Projects, made clear recommendations on centralising procurement processes and sharing best practice on delivery. I ask the Minister of Finance to confirm whether he is satisfied that the recommendations have been implemented in full and, if not,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: School Estate: East Antrim (25 May 2021)

Peter Weir: ...is why, I think, there needs to be continued engagement. Greenisland Primary School has been announced in the SEP. It is at an early stage. An initial site visit has been undertaken by the EA, and procurement of a design team for the project is well-advanced. Once a design team is appointed, formal steering group meetings will take place, and that will allow the school to make an impact...


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