Written Answers. - Consultancy Contracts.

John Gormley

Question:

136 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the procedures, if any, used in his Department since his appointment with regard to the constitution of internal interview panels formed to make recommendations for appointment in respect of employment or consultancy contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22266/98]

John Gormley

Question:

137 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the means of advertising employed in respect of all employment and consultancy contracts awarded by his Department since his appointment; the number of applications received in respect of each advertisement; the procedures, if any, used to consider applications, whether by interview or otherwise; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22267/98]

John Gormley

Question:

138 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the number of employment and consultancy contracts advertised by his Department since the formation of the Government; and the job title or consultancy brief in each case as appropriate. [22268/98]

John Gormley

Question:

139 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the number of new employment and consultancy contracts entered into by his Department in the period since the formation of the Government. [22270/98]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 136, 137, 138 and 139 together.

My Department awards contracts for goods and services having regard to public procurement guidelines.

Where interviews are held to assist in determining the award of consultancy projects, a team of departmental personnel is established to conduct the interviews. The personnel concerned are selected in the light of the knowledge and expertise necessary for evaluating the different proposals before the Department. In certain cases, personnel of the Department are assisted in this process by officials of bodies operating under the aegis of the Department. Personnel of other Departments and, in the case of EU cofinanced technical assistance programmes the relevant external evaluators, have also assisted the Department from time to time.

The additional information requested is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy at an early date.