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Social clauses in public procurement: pilot announced

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin was asked by John Lyons (Lab, Dublin NW) would he include social clauses in the €150m capital spending for 2013 and 2014 (Dail Eireann, Debates, 12th June 2013, 847-8).  The minister told him that it was not intended to include such clauses in the €150m, but there was a social clause for the recruitment of a percentage of the unemployed in the Devolved Schools Programme.  The pilot programme would inform activation measures considered for the €1.4bn Public Private Partnership (PPP) element of the €2.52bn Stimulus Programme.  Meantime a framework of contractors had been set up for the schools programme and the first tender would issue shortly.