Workplace 2010

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Speech to NI Assembly

Madam Speaker

The sub-committee met under the prevailing circumstances of much work having been done on this matter and indeed that the letting of the Workplace 2010 contract was at an advanced stage. This situation placed constraints on the sub-committee members and indeed it could be considered that the brief was a very narrow one. 

I met also to within the circumstances that there was much need for investment in the public sector buildings and the recognition that in the effective delivery of public sector services it was necessary to have modern and efficient offices.

The Government has taken advice and the result of that advice is that the PFI option has been chosen. The members of the sub-committee did express concerns that within this context the officials supporting the work of the sub-committee would only be allowed to do so in support of current Ministerial policies.