asked the Minister for the Environment if all local authority works costing in excess of £500,000 are put out to competitive tender; and if not, if he will give a list of all such works undertaken in the past year which were not put out to tender.
Written Answers. - Local Authority Works.
Local authority works, depending on their scale and circumstances, are undertaken by a variety of arrangements including single contract, multiple contract, a combination of contract/direct management, and direct local authority management operations. In the latter case significant works, such as plant hire and material supplies, may be undertaken by the private sector. Where contractors are used by a local authority, their engagement is on the basis of competitive tendering.
Most major works are carried out on a multi-annual basis, their cost being spread over a number of years. The following are 13 schemes — all road improvement schemes — where expenditure in excess of £500,000 was incurred in 1988 and where the bulk of the work was undertaken by direct local authority management: Aclint, Monaghan; Navan Relief Road, Meath; Turlough/ Castlebar, Mayo; Athlone By-Pass, Westmeath; Cahir By-Pass, Tipperary S.R.; Littleton, Tipperary N.R.; Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow; Port Road/ Manorcunningham, Donegal; Bunratty By-Pass, Clare; Cork/Mallow, Cork; Killarney By-Pass, Kerry; Kielys Cross, Waterford; Southern Ring Road, Cork.