Dáil Éireann - Volume 496 - 10 November, 1998
Written Answers. - Contract Tendering.
Mr. Noonan Mr. Noonan
241. Mr. Noonan asked the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to the preference of civil contractors involved in public tendering for an open procedure rather than for two stage selective tendering; if his attention has further been drawn to their fears that the constraints imposed by the Public Procurement Directive No. 93/37/EEC will lead to the demise of all but a few major contractors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22538/98]
Minister for Finance (Mr. McCreevy) Charlie McCreevy
Minister for Finance (Mr. McCreevy): It has been brought to my attention that some civil engineering contractors involved in public tendering have expressed a preference for an open tendering procedure rather than a two stage selective tendering process. It is a basic principle of Government procurement that a procedure based on competitive tendering should always be used. Government guidelines on public procurement, most recently revised and published in 1994, have always allowed for the use of two stage selective tendering as an alternative to open tendering. Similarly, the EU public procurement directives have been in existence since 1971 -93/37/EEC is a consolidation of earlier works directives — and also make provisions for such a method of tendering. The guidelines and directives have served both the contracting authorities and the industry well and have ensured openness and fairness in the placing of public contracts.
The strategic review of the construction industry, which was established by the then Minister for the Environment in March 1996 and reported in June 1997, made recommedations concerning  two stage selective tendering. These recommendations are being considered by a task force of the forum for the construction industry, which has construction industry federation representation. I understand that the views of those contractors with reservations about two stage selective tendering have been brought to the attention of the task force.
Dáil Éireann 496 Written Answers. Contract Tendering.