Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Ceisteanna (231, 232)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

231. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of employees in his Department; the number professionally qualified with organisations (details supplied); the number with other relevant professional qualifications; and the number with no professional qualifications, in tabular form. [1896/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

232. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of employees in his Department authorised to engage in procurement; the number professionally qualified with organisations (details supplied); the number with other relevant professional qualifications; and the number with no professional qualifications, in tabular form. [1913/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 231 and 232 together.

The number of employees in the Department at 1st January 2019 is 557. A number of staff are qualified members of various professional bodies where Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is a requirement of their role. There is currently no CPD requirement for procurement. Details of the professional associations/institutes, identified by the Deputy, where staff membership is supported by the Department, are set out in Table 1. In the absence of a central register of staff qualifications the Department does not currently have information on the number of staff who are professionally qualified via the Institute of Public Administration.

The procurement of goods and services (where requirements are identified) by the Department is devolved to Divisions who manage the process directly in line with Office of Government Procurement (OGP) Guidelines and Frameworks. Where it is a requirement of their role, employees from Higher Executive Officer and above are authorised to approve payments in respect of the procurement of goods and services.

TABLE 1

Organisation

Number of staff

Chartered Accountants Ireland

2

Institute of Certified Public Accountants

1