Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Ceisteanna (98)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

98. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Finance the number of staff working in the procurement area for major State infrastructure projects in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4578/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

I can advise the Deputy that the Department of Finance does not directly procure any major public infrastructure projects.

The Deputy may wish to note that there are currently three staff working in the procurement section of the Department of Finance and all staff within this area have undertaken accredited training in public procurement. The Department’s Compliance Officer also performs the role of Procurement Officer for the Department. The Procurement Officer provides guidance and support to staff on undertaking public procurements including promoting compliance with EU public procurement directives and regulations.

My Department is committed to ensuring that procurement processes undertaken by its staff are carried out in conformity with all relevant national and EU legislation.

In relation to construction policy and rules I would refer the deputy to my answer in relation to my role as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.