Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (774)

Carol Nolan


774. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health 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. [37800/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In 2019 there were three contracts to the value of €413,321 included in my Department's annual return in respect of Circular 40/2002 that were not in compliance with procurement guidelines.

€76,646 related to mobile and telephony services where it had been expected that a new competitively tendered agreement would be concluded in 2019. This has since been put in place.

€26,224 related to translation services. A tender competition was undertaken and a contract for this dedicated translation service is now in place.

€310,451 related to electricity services provided in Miesian Plaza. My Department is now signed up under the OGP Framework for the “Supply of electricity to Government Departments and the Security Sector,” such that this area of expenditure is now compliant. This is a shared tenancy expense of which the proportion charged to my department was €182,731. My Department recouped €88,696 from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and €39,024 from the Department of Finance / Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

In respect of 2020, details for non-compliant contracts are not yet available.

In relation to contracts awarded by the HSE, as this is an operational matter, I have forwarded your query to the HSE and asked that they respond directly to you on this.

Details for other bodies under the aegis of my Department are operational matters for the bodies concerned and the Deputy should contact the relevant Director/CEO/Registrar directly.