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Procurement Board Roles and Responsibilities

Given the financial importance of procurement policy, both in terms of total spend and in relation to the Executive’s budget, the Procurement Board has responsibility for the development, dissemination and co-ordination of public procurement policy and practice for the Northern Ireland public sector.

The Board is responsible to the Executive and accountable to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Membership of the Procurement Board

The Board is chaired by the Finance Minister and membership comprises the Permanent Secretaries of the 11 Northern Ireland Departments. This ensures that there is compliance with agreed policies and procedures in all Departments, their Agencies, NDPBs and public corporations.

Other members of the Board include the Treasury Officer of Accounts, 2 external experts without a specific sectoral interest and the Director of Central Procurement Directorate (CPD). A representative of the Comptroller and Auditor General and of the Strategic Investment Board Ltd attend as observers.

Current Procurement Board Members (February 2014)

The Roles and Responsibilities of the Procurement Board are:

  • to develop public procurement policy and to monitor the implementation of that policy within Northern Ireland public bodies;
  • to establish the strategies and objectives for implementing that procurement policy, including PPP and PFI;
  • to direct matters of public procurement policy and strategy approved by the Executive and make recommendations where appropriate to the Executive;
  • to ensure adherence to legal obligations (including the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 for procurement) and future development of EC legislation as they relate to procurement in the wider public sector;
  • to approve strategic targets for procurement performance, and to monitor progress against those targets, including the development of e-procurement;
  • to ensure that procurement policy pays due regard to the requirements of the Executive’s wider policy commitments, including equality, sustainable development, “Lifetime Opportunities” and environmental standards; and
  • to liaise with the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) in accordance with the obligations mentioned in the Concordat on Co-ordination of EU, International and Policy Issues on Public Procurement.

See Also

Annual Reports to the Procurement Board

List of Bodies to which the NI Public Procurement Policy Applies