Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (413, 414, 415, 417, 418, 419)

Seán Fleming

Question:

413. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the total number of tendered public construction projects in which the contractor has become insolvent and the project has had to be re-tendered; if he will list this information per year since 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31991/13]

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Seán Fleming

Question:

414. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the total tender value of public construction projects and the total construction cost of construction projects; if he will list this information per year since 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31992/13]

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Seán Fleming

Question:

415. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will list the public construction projects where there has been a discrepancy between the tender value and the construction cost; if he will list the tender value and the construction cost for each of these projects; if he will provide this information per year since 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31993/13]

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Seán Fleming

Question:

417. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the total number of public construction projects which have been tendered but did not proceed to construction; if he will list this information per year since 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31995/13]

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Seán Fleming

Question:

418. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the total number of public construction projects which have been tendered; did not proceed to construction and were then re-tendered; if he will list this information per year since 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31996/13]

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Seán Fleming

Question:

419. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the total number of public construction contracts where novated lease specialists have been used; if he will list this information per year since 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31997/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 413 to 415, inclusive, and 417 to 419, inclusive, together.

The information sought by the Deputy in relation to public works contracts tendered is held by the individual contracting authorities concerned. They are not required to pass this information to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

However the Government Contracts Committee for Construction (GCCC) has had a monitoring process in place since 2008, and a sample is taken of significant public works contracts completed. The sample assesses the effectiveness and impact of the Construction Procurement Reform Initiative, focusing on comparing measures such as; contractual fixed price lump sum figures and final outturn costs, contractual delivery periods and actual time for delivery.

To summarise, there were 165 sample projects monitored by the GCCC, which included 91 Building projects and 74 Civil Engineering projects; the initial contract value for the works contracts amounted to €971.8m with a 7.3% deviation from tender price at completion stage (8.9% on Civil Engineering projects and 2.9% on Building projects), which the Deputy should note is based on both actual and projected final account figures. The information is not available on a yearly basis. Change orders accounted for some of the deviation from tender price (3.7% on Civil Engineering projects based on information available on 16 projects from the above sample; and 2.8% on Building projects based on 49 projects). Change orders may be issued for any of the following three reasons: (i) for legitimate and acceptable reasons, (ii) a result of inadequate planning and design before contract award and (iii) scope changes. Contracting authorities were not required to include specific reasons for the deviations where they occurred.