Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (637)

Carol Nolan


637. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science the details of contracts of €25,000 or more than have been awarded by his Department or bodies under the aegis of his Department that were found to be non-compliant with procurement guidelines from 1 January 2019 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37799/20]

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Written answers (Question to Further and Higher Education)

My Department maintains a record of all contracts, over the threshold value of €25,000, awarded without a competitive process during each year of account. Such awards and contract extensions, without engagement with the market are treated as non-compliant with procurement guidelines with the information compiled in line with the requirements set out in the Department of Finance Circular 40/02 and exclusive of VAT. A complete record is not available in respect of 2020 as the full report of the award of these exceptional contracts is compiled after the end of the accounting period.

The information requested by the Deputy in regard to the agencies under the remit of my Department is not routinely compiled. My officials are in contact with the aegis bodies and I will arrange to have the material forwarded to the Deputy when it becomes available.