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Sinn Féin motions calls on Executive to review use of external consultancy firms

1 November, 2010 - by Cathal Boylan

The Assembly will this afternoon debate a Sinn Féin motion calling on the Executive to review the use of outside consultancy firms. The motion calls for the development of ‘in-house’ skilling which will in the long run save money within the departments.

Speaking this morning Paul Maskey MLA said;

“Within the departments with Sinn Féin Ministers, the routine practice of officials using consultants for a range of services, especially businesses cases, has been stopped. This should of course be extended across all departments and any proposals by officials to use consultancy services should require Ministerial clearance.

I would call on the other parties to contribute to this debate positively and recognise the potential for savings to be made within the various departments.” CRÍOCH


The following is a copy of the text of the Sinn Féin motion on the Assembly Order Paper today:

External Consultants


That this Assembly calls on the Executive to review the use and cost of external consultants; to develop further in-house consultancy resources; and to identify the necessary skills within the Civil Service to undertake more consultancy work.
Mr P Maskey Mr M McLaughlin Mr C Boylan

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