Review of Public Procurement (2002)

Learn about the 2002 Review of Public Procurement in Northern Ireland.

Background to the review of public procurement (2002)

In 2001 the Minister for Finance and Personnel set in place a Procurement Review Implementation Team, in order to fulfil an objective in the Programme for Government to develop and implement proposals to improve public procurement. 

Consequently a full Review of Public Procurement (2002) was published which presented the team's findings, conclusions and recommendations. 

The review recommended the establishment of a Procurement Board to lead on procurement policy for the Northern Ireland Public Sector, and a network of Centres of Procurement Expertise through which all public sector procurement should be channelled.

Key topics within the report

  • background to the review
  • desirability of formulating a new policy on procurement
  • principles underpinning the new policy
  • recommendations on the new institutional arrangements required
  • recommendations on operational issues
  • issues relevant to the integration of economic, social and environmental policy into procurement
  • arguments for and against providing legislation


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