Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Questions (553)

Kate O'Connell

Question:

553. Deputy Kate O'Connell asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of contracts and-or tenders that have been awarded to a company (details supplied); the value of these contracts, that is, the amount the company has been paid; the services the contracts were for; and the number of public sector and-or publicly funded catering facilities being run by the company. [50358/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Aramark provided catering services for two conferences held by my Department in April and June 2018 at a total cost of €2,046.20.  As per procurement procedures, formal tendering and the award of a written contract is only required where the supply of services is in excess of €25,000. Given the low value of the services provided to my Department, no contract was awarded in either of these cases.

Aramark are also the Department’s energy partner under the Optimising Power @ Work campaign, an Office of Public Works (OPW) staff energy conservation campaign for Central Government. My Department receives monthly and weekly energy reports and meets regularly with Aramark with a view to maximising the energy efficiency of our buildings. The cost of this scheme is borne by OPW and no payments have been made directly by my Department to Aramark for these services.