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

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: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Street Lighting: Costs (18 Oct 2016)

Christopher Hazzard: ...activities; and street-lighting electricity costs. For all those areas of work, my Department uses competitive tendering to ensure that street-lighting materials, labour and electricity are procured in a way that delivers best value for money. The costs for new provision and maintenance activities are relatively straightforward to calculate. They are simply the product of the applicable...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Racial Equality Strategy (11 Oct 2016)

Claire Hanna: .... Thirty per cent of those surveyed had experienced racial harassment or bullying in the workplace. There are a number of recommendations that I will not have time to go into on using public procurement to incentivise racial diversity and for businesses to demonstrate real leadership. Related to that is the need for better regulation of precarious and low-paid work. That is obviously...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: LED Street Lighting (4 Oct 2016)

Christopher Hazzard: ...investment of around £3 million. The pilot also allowed my Department to gain direct experience of how it can best deliver the necessary surveys, the design specification of LED equipment and the procurement of the equipment, as well as to assess the LED technology in a wide range of residential scenarios. I acknowledge that concerns have been raised by residents, elected representatives...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Executive Openness and Transparency (4 Oct 2016)

Stephen Farry: ...unique or new but are things that could have been addressed in the past by my Department — the Department for Employment and Learning — and the Department for Social Development through proper procurement measures, which can engage with the community and voluntary sector. When we end up bypassing those procedures, a whole range of risks are being borne by government, and we are just...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Road Maintenance Budget Deficit (20 Sep 2016)

Richie McPhillips: ...renewal schemes that the money could be spent on. Thirdly, do not allow the DUP to continue to strangle North/South work. The scale of what could be done on infrastructure planning, health, procurement and so much more is enormous. It would not only make money go further on the island but deliver better public services for the people of Ireland. Fourthly, the motion is about the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Road Maintenance Budget Deficit (20 Sep 2016)

Kellie Armstrong: ...should be capable of delivering this costed strategic plan. There are enough professionals employed in Transport NI who can identify and cost out road maintenance. The Department is adept at procuring contractors. Any contractor or grant recipient is expected to provide a costed business case. Therefore, it should not take an extraordinary amount of time or expenditure on external...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Blue Badge Backlog (19 Sep 2016)

Christopher Hazzard: ...to access that contract. The situation has now been resolved, and it is hoped we will be allowed to access the service in April 2017. That situation meant that the Department had to locally procure new blank badges to enable it to continue processing. The new blank badges arrived on 7 July 2016, and the process of issuing those held up in the backlog began immediately. Five agency staff...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: A26 Improvements (19 Sep 2016)

Christopher Hazzard: ...being implemented. Some work has already been completed to renew white lines at junctions and provide new direction arrows. New warning and direction signage has also been designed and procured and is expected to be installed before the winter season. The remaining works to renew advance direction signs, warning signs, cat's eyes and lines and to cut back vegetation growth are planned...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Social Investment Fund: Update (19 Sep 2016)

Martin McGuinness: ...to the passage of time, rising construction costs and unforeseen construction issues that typically arise throughout the lifetime of the projects. Officials are working closely with the Central Procurement Directorate, lead partners and project promoters to manage the costs of existing projects as far as possible — and of those going through approvals, to minimise the potential cost...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Strule Shared Education Campus (12 Sep 2016)

Peter Weir: ..., with the school opening on 6 September. Site-wide demolition has also been completed. Designs for the other five schools and facilities will reach the detailed design stage this autumn. The procurement of an integrated supply team to further develop and construct the campus will begin later this year. In my first week as Minister, I had the opportunity to see the site in Omagh for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: SEN Review (12 Sep 2016)

Peter Weir: ...to advise that a site has now also been secured at Strahans Road and the purchase has taken place. These significant developments will enable the progression of the scheme to the next stage of procuring an integrated consultation team to take the project forward to design and beyond.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Learning Disability Services: Western Health and Social Care Trust (28 Jun 2016)

Michelle Gildernew: ...bringing in some creative and innovative ideas to help them to cope with this news and give them some succour for the future that their needs will be met in a more timely fashion. That might mean procuring extra respite beds to give people a break and enable them to continue the fight and ensure that they are giving their child the best support they can now, but also that their child has...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: A8: Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (27 Jun 2016)

Andy Allen: Thank you, Minister. Clearly there is a serious issue. The public needs assurance that, when a Department awards a major contract such as this, the procurement process must be fair and above board to ensure that the facts of the case are understood and any lessons are learned. Will the Minister self-refer this case to the Northern Ireland Audit Office to investigate and report on it?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office: Social Investment Fund: East Belfast (27 Jun 2016)

Arlene Foster: ...recently completed a refurbishment and opens in the coming weeks, providing a valuable tourism hub and social enterprise opportunities. Additionally, two revenue projects are in the process of procuring organisations to deliver services on the ground: the community education project and the employability project. Work continues on the remaining projects.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Broadband Provision: West Tyrone (21 Jun 2016)

Simon Hamilton: ...privatised and independently regulated market. In addition, initiatives have to be designed in a way that meets state-aid rules, which require us to be technology-agnostic and to ensure that any procurement is open and competitive, with the overriding aim of ensuring value for money and delivering the maximum benefit for public funding. Although public funds can and will be invested in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Irish Government Engagement (20 Jun 2016)

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir: Buíochas arís leis an Chomhalta as an cheist. I recently met Eoghan Murphy TD, the Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement, and I have arranged to meet Minister Michael Noonan this Wednesday in Dublin. I have also been in correspondence with Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and I anticipate meeting him in the near future.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (14 Jun 2016)

Emma Little Pengelly: ...face; and we wanted to listen to them proposing solutions to those problems. That is very much what we did in the social investment fund. The difficulty related to the business cases processes and procurement. I have spoken to the Minister. If a Department has a policy, but it takes years to go through the processes, those processes are not meeting the need, not delivering for the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the 2014-15 Excess Votes — Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Main Estimates 2016-17 (13 Jun 2016)

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir: ...? Yes. But we are getting it right. So, was it a disaster? Taughmonagh healthy business centre — £1·1 million, commenced and detailed design, and the cost being finalised prior to contractor procurement; Sandy Row resource centre — £1 million, commenced and contractor procurement due to commence; increased community service at Sure Start Taughmonagh — £51,000, letter of offer...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development: York Street Interchange (15 Mar 2016)

Michelle McIlveen: ...will publish a departmental statement setting out its response to the recommendations in the inspectors' report and make the report available for inspection. My Department has commenced the procurement process and intends to have a design-and-build contractor on board this summer to help to fully develop the scheme in order to be in a position to commence construction towards the end of...


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