Wednesday, 2 July 2003
Dáil Eireann Debate
213. Mr. O'Dowd asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he will provide a breakdown of the total amounts allocated to any cross-Border agencies under the aegis of his Department since their inception; the precise details relating to consultancy services that were employed by these agencies since their inception; the manner in which consultants were appointed, including details of tendering systems employed; the manner in which successful consultants were advised of their appointment; the full amounts paid, or payable to date, on consultancy services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19085/03]
Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. D. Ahern): The Loughs Agency of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission was established in 1999. Under the British-Irish Agreement it inherited the responsibilities of the Foyle Fisheries Commission. The following tabular statement provides a breakdown of the overall Exchequer budget allocation for the Loughs Agency as published in the annual Revised Estimates Volume.
In accordance with the British-Irish Agreement Acts 1999 to 2002, the Loughs Agency must comply with the provisions of a financial memorandum drawn up for the body by my Department, the Department of Finance, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland and the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland. The memorandum prescribes the detailed financial arrangements with which the body must comply, including those on the procurement of consultancy services for which the chief executive officer of the body is accountable to the Houses of the Oireachtas and the Northern Ireland Assembly or the United Kingdom Parliament, as appropriate.
The Loughs Agency has full delegated authority to appoint consultants subject to the requirements laid down in public procurement guidelines issued by the Department of Finance and the Northern Ireland Procurement Service.
Appointment of consultants is subject to prior notification to the Departments of the nature of the consultancy and the applicable terms of reference. Where the cost is likely to exceed €40,000 the prior approval of Departments is required before tenders are sought or the terms of reference are finalised.
|Use of Consultants –||FCILC||Loughs Agency|
|Period of Return:||Dec 99 to date|
|Name of Consultancy Subject||Amount Paid*||Manner of Tender||How Advised|
|Ferguson McIIveenCounter site Engineers||£32,266.90||open tender||letter|
|PriceWaterhouseCoopers Advisory||£10,056.71||GPA||call-off letter|
|PriceWaterhouseCoopers Pension Scheme||£8,394.91||GPA||call-off letter|
|PriceWaterhouseCoopers Staff Review||£30,620.43||GPA||call-off letter|
|PriceWaterhouseCoopers Accounts Work||£87,082.31||open tender||letter|
|OMI Consultancy Equality Scheme||£41,313.00||single tender||letter|
|Robin Wade Interpretative Centre||£81,227.69||open tender||letter|
|P McKevitt Architect Carlingford H/Q||£4,720.00||single tender||letter|
|MGM Civil Engineering Suitability test||£927.67||single tender||letter|
|Inter Trade Ireland Proposed Pension||£5,001.15||GPA||call-off letter|
|Hallmark Computers New Personnel system||£5,228.75||single tender||letter|
|Colin Stutt Economic Appraisal Int Centre||£3,945.65||single tender||letter|
|McCormick Tracey Mullarkey New H/Q||£51,056.68||open tender||letter|
|Marine Institute GIS Project||£5,503.33||single tender||letter|
|Central Fisheries Board Research Killygordon Salmon Enhancement||£3,028.00||single tender||letter|
|Fitzpatrick Associates Audit of Fisheries recreation and Leisure Resource||£34,727.01||open tender||letter|
|HELM Corporation Risk Management||£1,128.47||single tender||letter|
|HELM Corporation Economic Appraisal||£5,728.13||single tender||letter|
|HELM Corporation New Accounts Package||£1,998.86||single tender||letter|
|HELM Corporation Accounts 2002||£8,427.99||open tender||letter|
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