Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (249)

Shane Cassells

Question:

249. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount spent on purchasing mobile phones for staff within his Department for work-related business in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by grade; if his Department has a contract with a mobile phone company (details supplied) to supply mobile phones if needed; if so, the name of the company; the date on which the contract for the supply of mobile phones to his Department is next due to expire; and the robust steps taken to ensure that the costs incurred on work related phones are the best value for the taxpayer. [47916/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The information requested by the Deputy is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible. Following a competitive procurement process my Department awarded a contract to Vodafone in 2011 to supply mobile voice and data services and associated products. The contract is currently operated on a rolling month by month basis. It is intended to run a mini competition under the current Office of Government Procurement framework for this service in 2020.