Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (256)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

256. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the total value of island-wide public procurement for the most recent consecutive five years for which data is available. [4890/14]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

At present, there is no central database or standard reporting of procurement spend within the Irish public service. Accordingly, the following table has been compiled based on analysis of estimates published by my Department for the State.

Estimated Total Expenditure on Public procurement

Year

Expenditure (€bn)

2009

16.3

2010

15.1

2011

13.1

2012

12.4

2013

 Not yet available

I should point out that the Public Service Reform Plan published by my Department includes a recommendation to improve performance measurement and procurement expenditure analysis. In this regard, a key focus of the Office of Government Procurement will be a move towards centralisation of data collection in the area of procurement activity. The centralisation of data collection will enable the Office to procure in a more cost efficient manner.