Results 141–160 of 2000 for procurement in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: SEN Assessments: Electronic Record-keeping (10 Feb 2020)

Peter Weir: The Education Authority is engaged in phase 1 of a small business research initiative procurement process that includes the development and introduction of an electronic system of record-keeping for special educational needs assessments. This phase of the process is due for completion on 31 March 2020. The objectives of the process are to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the use of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Social Clauses (3 Feb 2020)

Deirdre Hargey: I thank the Member for her question. The Executive policy of integrating social considerations into contracts defines public-sector commitments to incorporate social clauses into public procurement. The buy social model has been operated by the strategic investment board since 2016 and has proven to be an effective means of providing targeted recruitment and training opportunities for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: School Enhancement Programme (14 Jan 2020)

Carál Ní Chuilín: I, too, congratulate the Minister of Education. I congratulate him on the investment in Cliftonville Integrated Primary School in North Belfast. It is very much welcomed. The Minister mentioned procurement earlier in his answer to, I think, Dolores Kelly. I would like procurement procedures to be strengthened so that it is not the case that, if schools go down the CPD route, more money is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Broadband: Newry and Armagh (24 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: ...responsibility for telecommunications matters. Additionally, initiatives have to be designed in a way that meets European Union state-aid rules, which require us to be technology-agnostic and any procurement to be open and competitive, with the overriding aim of ensuring value for money and delivering the maximum benefit for public funding. Public funds can and will, therefore, and very...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: ...imperative that we continue to crack down on any abuse of the scheme. Work by my officials is advancing on going to tender for 100% site inspections. This major project will take a little time to procure as it will have a value above the threshold where EU-wide tendering is required. However, once in place, we will have a new and much stronger process that will challenge abuse and take...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Tax Justice (16 Jan 2017)

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir: ...€20 billion, and the tax bill they paid was €20,000. It has been a priority of my Department to promote tax compliance in government contracts. With the help of officials, particularly our procurement officials, we have put in place additional measures to make sure that public contracts are tax avoidance and tax dodging-proofed. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015, which implement...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Housing Benefit (Welfare Supplementary Payment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Carál Ní Chuilín: I thank the Member for giving way. I completely agree with everything that he is saying, particularly around protections and public procurement programmes. I wonder why his party colleague stood outside Casement Park when £80 million of investment was going into the most deprived area, with all those protections for local people. Is it OK for us to build social houses but not dreams for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schools: Maintenance Budget (6 Dec 2016)

Peter Weir: ..., governors or school principals, "What autonomy do you want? We'll actually tell you what autonomy you're getting as part of that". It is an open-ended situation. An issue around maintenance and procurement has been raised regularly with me as I have been out around schools. It was also raised with me before I became Minister. It is a very pertinent issue. It is an area that I intend...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Social Investment Fund (6 Dec 2016)

Stephen Farry: ...the fact that the projects on the ground are of good quality. I have no reason to doubt that but I cannot make a full judgement because I do not know how they would stack up against other projects procured through other means. We can say, in absolute terms, "Yes, things are good" —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: South Belfast (5 Dec 2016)

Michelle McIlveen: ...it has been out of use since March this year and that the reason why it has not been replaced is an issue with replacement parts. The Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is in the process of procuring a new monitor. I understand that it continues to be able to monitor pollution but is using a different method to do so.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland Assembly Commission: Parliament Buildings: Internet (29 Nov 2016)

Alex Attwood: I thank the Member for his question. I hope that he does not press me on the technical details. In 2011, the Assembly Commission procured and installed its own dedicated Internet connection to provide better and more consistent access to the Internet for all Parliament Buildings users. The service was originally provisioned at 20 megabits per second. Due to increasing demand, it was...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Arm's-length Bodies (22 Nov 2016)

Alastair Ross: ...to a few examples of where the Executive have made significant savings. Areas such as rent, rates and service charges in the office estate, and energy consumption, have been reduced; collaborative procurement contracts have been let to ensure that economies of scale have been enjoyed across large areas of the public sector; and IT provision and telephony have been harmonised to achieve a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: Capital Investment (22 Nov 2016)

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir: ...an opportunity to engage with government on investment opportunities and, of course, on where the funding will come from. In addition, I have recently appointed seven new external members to the procurement board from the private and voluntary and community sectors to determine how we spend our money. That includes Colin Maxwell, who is an artist and architect. I have tasked him with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance: EU Updates (22 Nov 2016)

William Humphrey: ..., if I may. I know that the Minister, as a Belfast representative like me, will have an interest in that. Given that the public inquiry has progressed, the proprietary work has started and procurement is well advanced, does he agree that work has essentially begun on what is a crucial infrastructure project for this city and region, connecting airports, ports and the two motorways in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Rating Policy (22 Nov 2016)

Trevor Lunn: ...shops are acting in direct competition with fully fledged shops that are paying fully fledged rates. The Minister talks about balance and a constructive approach but I question, in terms of procurement of stock and the way they operate, whether some of them are actually what was meant to be a charity shop at the beginning of all this.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Opposition Business: Poverty and Deprivation (21 Nov 2016)

Nichola Mallon: ..., given that 45% of those living in poverty are in work. It must contain plans to keep people in work and help those who are out of work, including our disabled, to find work. Social clauses in procurement have an important role to play. The provision of high-quality, affordable childcare is critical because of not only the evident benefits to the child but the employment and financial...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer: Social Investment Fund: Audit (21 Nov 2016)

Martin McGuinness: ...a conflict was declared, the steering group member was not permitted to be involved in any discussion or decision around the prioritisation of the proposal. Steering group members involved in the procurement of service delivery organisations were required to declare any conflict of interest in relation to those bidding. If a conflict was declared, the member was no longer involved in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Infrastructure: York Street Interchange Project (15 Nov 2016)

Christopher Hazzard: I never once announced that the project was on hold. What I said was that the procurement process for the project had been lengthened, which allowed me to take stock of the financial and geopolitical situation that we now face. The Member will no doubt admit that we are in very uncertain political and financial times. The Member also flagged up assurances. The first available opportunity...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schools: Maintenance Budget/Budget Powers (15 Nov 2016)

Peter Weir: ...by schools themselves in a sensible fashion, I am very open to it. That correspondence is fairly open-ended for suggestions. It does not concentrate on particular aspects, such as maintenance or procurement, but those can easily be brought back to me in a response from schools.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Forge Integrated Primary School (15 Nov 2016)

Peter Weir: ...raise with me the point that there is a very obvious place for a particular school to go, but site searches are always commissioned with any new capital build, and work is under way to develop procurement documentation to engage integrated design teams. As with any proposal, barring any change that I have no control over, once a school has been announced for a new build, it will happen....


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