Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (577)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

577. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of State contracts that were not awarded to the lowest tender or bid in each year since 2011 to date in his Department or bodies under the aegis of his Department; the reason the lowest tender or bid was not chosen; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8807/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The information requested by the Deputy is currently being collated by my officials and will be forwarded to the Deputy within 10 working days.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
I refer to the above PQ, To ask the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport the number of State contracts that were not awarded to the lowest tender or bid in each year since 2011 to date in his Department or bodies under the aegis of his Department; the reason the lowest tender or bid was not chosen; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
The following table sets out the information requested.

Year

Number of State Contracts over the cost of €500,000 not awarded to lowest tender or bid

Reason lowest tender or bid not chosen

2011

0

2012

0

2013

1

Marginally more expensive than the lowest tender (Approx. 0.8 %).

2014

1

The contract awarded to highest scoring bid across a range of criteria.

2015

0

2016

0

2017

0

2018

1

The contract awarded to highest scoring bid across a range of criteria.

2019

0

The Department, in line with best practice in public procurement tendering, chooses the Most Economically Advantageous Tender. Cost is not always the sole criteria and other qualitative criteria are used.
I have referred the Deputy's question to the agencies under the aegis of my Department for direct reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.