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Written Answers. - Public Procurement Policy.

Wednesday, 8 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 No. 1

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 83. Mr. Hughes Information on Séamus Hughes Zoom on Séamus Hughes  asked the Minister for Health Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan  his views on the importation of incontinence pads costing in excess of £2 million a year in view of the fact that comparable products are manufactured in Ireland; and if he has satisfied himself that the public procurement policy operated by the joint purchasing committee needs examination. [9290/96]

Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan,: Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan Limerick East): The EU Directives on Public Procurement have legal effect and compliance with them is obligatory. I am satisfied that, in the case in question, the legal provisions were complied with and I am sure the Deputy would agree that all public bodies have a responsibility to ensure that the law is fully complied with.

The purpose of the procurement directives is to ensure that companies from other member states are not placed at a disadvantage when competing for a public contract with a local supplier of goods or services and Irish companies benefit from the opportunities which the implementation of these directives create.

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