Tuesday, 25 April 2006

Ceisteanna (255)

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

301 Mr. Bruton asked the Minister for Finance if he keeps track of the extent to which printing work contracted in by Departments or State agencies is done by domestic printers compared to overseas printers; and the rules that apply in respect of tendering for such work. [14736/06]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Finance)

The total value of printing work procured by Departments, offices and agencies in 2005 under contracts placed by the Government Supplies Agency was €9,782,880.58 exclusive of VAT. Of this sum, €9,483,729.76, approximately 97%, was procured from Irish companies and €299,150.82 from non-Irish companies. The EU and international rules applicable, together with the public procurement guidelines — competitive process — of the Department of Finance govern contracts placed by the Government Supplies Agency at the time of each competition. No distinction based on the nationality or country of origin of the tender is permitted in the award of contract.