Results 101–120 of 2000 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: COVID-19: Education Settings (29 Sep 2020)

Peter Weir: ...second best to direct classroom learning, as everybody in the system will concede. That is why the focus has to be on ensuring the maximum amount. The Member mentioned devices. There has been procurement of devices. We want to find a way in which we can ensure that those are obtained, for instance, where some parents may be a bit shy or nervous about asking for a device. There is another...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Helen's Law: Introduction of Equivalent Legislation (28 Sep 2020)

Alex Easton: ...law on serious sexual offences where the victim is not identified. The number of recorded sexual offences against children in Northern Ireland has reached an all-time high, according to statistics procured in 2019. In that 12-month period, 2,036 sexual offences against children were recorded, a significant rise of 34%. That is just unacceptable. Finally, I am frustrated and disappointed by...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Housing Executive: Maintenance Delays (28 Sep 2020)

Carál Ní Chuilín: I am aware of some delays. I know that there have been procurement challenges that have set back companies that were awarded tenders for maintenance work. I am aware that the threshold is very low now, so it is easier to make a legal challenge on procurement grounds, so that is slowing the programme down, on top of the global pandemic. I have asked the same question as the Member, and I am...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Recurring Flooding in the Newcastle Area (8 Sep 2020)

Nichola Mallon: ...and running now. Why can we not make it happen today? I understand that, and I understand residents' frustrations, but we have to follow processes with detailed design and contractors going out to procurement. That work is ongoing. When I was with the residents, I gave them my commitment — in front of officials — that we would do everything that we could to expedite that scheme and to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Appointment of an Expert Panel to Examine Links between Persistent Educational Underachievement and Socio-economic Background (28 Jul 2020)

Peter Weir: ...what the differences are. One difference is that the panel is referred to as an "expert group" in NDNA. That enabled us, by a particular route, which was then supported by DOF through Central Procurement Directorate, to move quicker to make direct appointments. The independent review panel is not referenced in that way. Therefore, its appointment process will probably be different and will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Climate Change and the Introduction of a Climate Change Act (21 Jul 2020)

Paul Givan: I thank the Member for giving way. Does he recognise the tangible effort that could be made with regard to procurement, for example, which his party has responsibility for in the Department of Finance, by reducing transportation costs by sourcing things locally and by not sourcing things from countries that are some of the biggest emitters of carbon? Is that not an action that his party could...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Disability Services and Family Carer Support (7 Jul 2020)

Emma Sheerin: ...stress of ensuring that their relative is being looked after appropriately can be compounded by worries about sick days or payslips. That has been magnified in recent times with concerns about the procurement of PPE or the securing of a COVID-19 test. I know from my experience of working with constituents on these matters that no two cases are ever identical, but the crux of the issue is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Health: Influenza Immunisation Programme (7 Jul 2020)

Robin Swann: .... We are trying to establish how much additional vaccine is available and how best it could be used, should we decide to purchase it. For the 2020-21 flu programme, the Public Health Agency has procured the following vaccine doses: 260,000 doses for use in those aged 65 and over; 265,000 doses for use in the under-65s in any at-risk group; 198,000 doses of the nasal spray vaccine for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Executive Committee (Functions) Bill: Accelerated Passage (6 Jul 2020)

Mervyn Storey: .... I always like to look at the person I am speaking to, Mr Deputy Speaker. The issue is that, next year, the Northern Ireland Audit Office will carry out two very important pieces of work; one on procurement and one on planning. Those will be fundamental because they look at issues that have created massive problems for investment in Northern Ireland. I very much welcome the fact that the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Concern and Anxiety over the Reopening of Schools (30 Jun 2020)

Peter Weir: ..., we have adopted a three-stage process, first of all looking at what devices were already in existing stock. Then, there had been about 3,500 devices that were being sought by EA and being procured. We are now at that second stage, and, during the last week, a number of those have been rolled out to try and address that. The Department is also in a position where it is going to central...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Public Expenditure: 2019-2020 Provisional Out-turn, 2020-21 June Monitoring Round and COVID-19 Reprioritisation (30 Jun 2020)

Conor Murphy: One of the lessons that we have learned from the pandemic is around critical health supplies being procured from the far side of the world because they happen to be cheaper, and we need to re-evaluate how we do our own procurement. We have a very strong, efficient and innovative manufacturing base here, and it clearly showed that when sections of that manufacturing base stepped up, reprofiled...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Constructionline (30 Jun 2020)

Conor Murphy: As the Member probably knows, Constructionline is a private-sector company that provides a service that is useful in the procurement process. The process gives the financial assessment of companies, offers various levels of registration and makes offers which are proportionate to suppliers' turnover. I imagine that those who are using it will find it of some benefit. I recognise what the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Major Capital Works Programme (continued) (23 Jun 2020)

Peter Weir: ...It is critical to ensure that construction jobs are maintained and that the sector becomes a key driver in the economy. I am happy to work with a range of colleagues, particularly, when it comes to procurement issues etc with the Finance Minister, who has overall control of the broader brush of construction, to try to ensure that we move ahead as quickly as possible with any of these projects.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Communities: Waiting Times: Housing Executive Properties (23 Jun 2020)

Carál Ní Chuilín: ...in the future, the Housing Executive has gone to tender with the larger contractor framework, and is hoping to attract a larger pool of contractors, in order to limit the need for further procurement through the duration of any new contract framework.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: COVID-19 Pandemic: Support for Sheep and Beef Farmers (9 Jun 2020)

Harry Harvey: .... There is no doubt that the challenges faced in farming are deep and complex. The closure of the food services sector, which accounts for 40% of beef sales, and the challenges faced in the procurement of inputs have affected the beef industry particularly. The implementation of new protocols regarding social distancing has also had an impact across the sector. I have been contacted by...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Abortion Legislation: Non-fatal Disabilities (2 Jun 2020)

Paula Bradshaw: ..., and the governance and transparency mechanisms are built in, with a requirement on the registered medical professionals to report every termination to the Chief Medical Officer. The truth is that procuring an abortion is never an easy decision for a woman, whether it is a crisis pregnancy for which she seeks an early medical abortion or when she receives news of a severe foetal...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 2) Bill: Final Stage (2 Jun 2020)

Steve Aiken: ...and effective scrutiny at a departmental and cross-cutting strategic level. They include options that will aim to support and promote economic activity at a strategic level, using levers such as procurement, borrowing and the use of financial transactions capital (FTC) and how we can make use of those levers in the future through continued Committee and Assembly scrutiny. From a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Planning a Just Economic Recovery after the COVID-19 Crisis (1 Jun 2020)

Colm Gildernew: ...shared with us today. For example, small and social enterprises must be supported in their efforts to access public contracts. We should also look at encouraging social value clauses in public procurement to support regional development and those smaller businesses. The 2019 report on rebalancing the economy revealed that only 4% of the North's social enterprises were located in Fermanagh...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (26 May 2020)

Conor Murphy: ...of them to invest in the limited return to business that they will be able to experience over the coming months. So, there was support for them in that regard. Of course, we are also looking at procurement. We have sent a signal around Departments that they should be ready to assist in the return to work of construction. Construction makes up about 25% of our economy. A substantial portion...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Estimates Further Vote on Account 2020-2021 (26 May 2020)

Mervyn Storey: ...responsibility that the Minister has. I have raised this with him previously, and I want him to take it away today and look seriously at the operations of CPD. I am not convinced that the Central Procurement Directorate is giving the public sector in Northern Ireland value for money. I declare an interest as a member of the board of governors of two schools in my constituency, Ballymoney...


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