Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ceisteanna (119)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

119. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if it is standard procedure as part of a tendering process for the State to pay the costs of tendering for a Government contract to a third party that is tendering for that contract; if there are Office of Government Procurement rules regarding such a practice; the rules in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44296/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

Public Procurement is governed by EU and National rules and guidelines. The aim of these rules is to promote an open, competitive and non-discriminatory public procurement regime which delivers best value for money. These rules do not prohibit a public body from providing some form of compensation to a supplier for the costs of tendering for a Government contract.  However, this approach would be taken only in exceptional circumstances for very complex or innovative procurement projects that would be costly for suppliers to prepare for.  It is not the standard procedure or common practice.