Thursday, 28 November 2019
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Consultancy Contracts Expenditure
29. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated costs of the external consultant reviews of major infrastructural projects such as the national broadband plan in 2019 and 2020. [45801/19]
I understand that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is developing proposals to provide for the independent review of large public capital infrastructure projects before they proceed to tender, as part of the proposed updating of the Public Spending Code.
The contract for the National Broadband Plan which was signed on Ireland on 19th November is the Government’s plan to rollout high speed broadband to the 1.1 million people living and working in the nearly 540,000 premises including almost 100,000 businesses and farms, along with 695 schools, where commercial operators will not commit to deliver this service. The focus is now on delivery and ensuring strong and effective governance of the contract.