Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2326, 2327, 2328, 2511)

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

2326. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way in which in terms of quantification of the coverage, amount of emergency, and periodic repairs a supplier or contractor supplies versus price is measured by local authorities and TII; if it is measured on a euro to square foot basis; if it is measured on a euro to square meter basis; if it is measured on a euro per kilometre of pavement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34600/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

2327. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the line drawn with regard to pavement repairs on local and regional roads when deciding if the repairs are periodic or emergency (details supplied); the person or body that makes the decision which contractor to employ to repair the defect when it is not put to public tender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34601/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

2328. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the ways in which the efficiencies of suppliers of emergency and periodic pavement and highway repairs are quantified and measured within TII and local authorities; the way in which the local authorities and TII know the way in which they are getting value for money when engaging contractors in emergency repairs that are not put out to tender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34682/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

2511. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the calculated costs of closing a national, regional and local road, respectively, for periodic pavement repairs on an hourly basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34602/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2326 to 2328, inclusive, and 2511 together.

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of local authorities, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local authority. Decisions on whether to undertake works directly or to contract out works are also a matter for each local authority.

Where a contract is being awarded for works, each local authority, as a public authority, is required to adhere to national and EU rules regarding public procurement. The ‘Public Procurement Guidelines - Competitive Process' produced by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP), sets out the steps to be followed in conducting an appropriate competitive process relating to supplies and services. The latest version of the guidelines can be found on the e-Tenders website www.etenders.gov.ie.

As regards guidance, contracts and other documentation which forms part of the Capital Works Management Framework (CWMF), these are available on the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform website, www.constructionprocurement.gov.ie.

Any specific queries a contractor might have regarding the nature and type of works being undertaken or the form of contract proposed should be directed to the relevant local authority.

In relation to the Deputy’s queries in relation to national roads, as Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and maintenance of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.

Noting the above position, I have referred the question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.