McNarry tables 13 questions to DRD Minister on Wrightbus contract
UKIP leader in NI says ‘no other country would betray local business in this way.’
Translink must clarify their role in this says McNarry
David McNarry MLA, UKIP Leader in Northern Ireland, has asked :
“Did Translink reject the Wrightbus specification and tender for this present rapid transit contract? I suspect the choice of Van Hool was made with European undertones which neither the Minister or the department officials stood up to in order to protect local jobs and enhance the prestige of Wrightbus.
“I have tabled 13 questions to the DRD Minister – appended below – and I await the Ministerial answers with anticipation.
“This decision makes a nonsense of claims to be building our local economy when a £19 million contract is given away without a fight and with departmental officials rolling over for nebulous and unspecified EU rules and regulations. No other country would let down their own workers to provide employment in another EU state in these days of austerity. I am angry that the reasons for by-passing Wrightbus are so contradictory to stated executive policy and I intend to get to the bottom of the whole contractual process. My 13 questions are designed to open up this whole issue.”
Mr McNarry added:
“Surely the local transport provider – Translink – who, by the way, will not pay a penny themselves for these buses but will let the taxpayer pay for them – should be called to account? We need to demand from Translink the reasons why the local Wrightbus system of rapid transit was not their preference, because it is different systems we are talking about here. Translinkneeds to speak out and tell the public if the final choice of this system was not actually their decision. Quite frankly, a scandal appears to be opening up here.”
David McNarry MLA Questions for Written Answer to the Minister of Regional Development
Tue 1 Dec 2015
To ask the Minister of Regional Development at what stage was Wrightbus eliminated from the contract decision in the process of awarding the contract for vehicles for the Belfast Rapid Transit system?
To ask the Minister of Regional Development was the vehicle type, companies were required to tender for, to supply vehicles for the Belfast Rapid Transit system identical?
To ask the Minister of Regional Development how many tenders were received competing for the Belfast Rapid Transit system?
To ask the Minister of Regional Development what grants did the Belgian Government approve to Van Hool for the purpose of their tendering for the Belfast Rapid Transit system?
To ask the Minister of Regional Development what EU grants did Van Hool incorporate in their successful tender for the Belfast Rapid Transit system contract?
Thur 3 Dec 2015
To ask the Minister of Regional Development what grants did the Northern Ireland Executive offer to Wrightbus for the purpose of tendering for the Belfast Rapid Transit system?
To ask the Minister of Regional Development what is the contract value for maintenance and specialist support services and length of contract to Road Trucks Ltd in connection with the Belfast Rapid Transit system?
To ask the Minister of Regional Development Ultimately into whose responsibility will the ownership of vehicles supplied by Van Hool for the Belfast Rapid Transit system be?
To ask the Minister of Regional Development how many jobs will Belgium benefit from by Van Hool being awarded the Belfast Rapid Transit vehicle contract?
To ask the Minister of Regional Development what role will local Translink employees have in the maintenance and servicing of the Van Hool vehicles?
Fri 4 Dec 2015
To ask the Minister of Regional Development what is the final overall cost for the inclusive Belfast Rapid Transit system going to be?
To ask the Minister of Regional Development are Translink employees required to be given additional training to operate the Van Hool vehicles on the Belfast Rapid Transit routes?
To ask the Minister of Regional Development what extra costs or special payments are likely to arise from the Belfast Rapid Transit system using the type of Van Hool bus commissioned?