Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (221)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

221. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if there are open tenders through the Office of Government Procurement for multi-supplier frameworks for translation and interpretation; if there has been a delay in such tenders; when such competitions will be opened; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20804/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) and its sector partners put in place framework agreements through which public sector bodies can buy goods and services. The OGP has established three Framework Agreements to deliver translation and interpretation services to public bodies.

These are for the provision of:

- Interpretation Services (excluding Irish), established in February 2016;

- Translation Services (excluding Irish), established in March 2016; and

- Irish Language Translation Services, established in July 2017.

Draw down from these Frameworks is by way of mini-competitions through supplementary request for tenders (SRFTs) amongst framework suppliers only. The OGP is progressing competitions under these Frameworks. However, there has been a lengthy delay in one mini-competition under the Framework Agreement for the provision of Interpretation Services (excluding Irish) due to a legal challenge.