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Beggs Challenges Finance Minister on Public Procurement

Ulster Unionist MLA for East Antrim, Roy Beggs, used the opportunity following a statement by the Finance Minister to challenge Sammy Wilson on some specific problems within public procurement following a recent critical report. The Finance and Personnel Committee member: ‘Today Sammy Wilson made a statement to the Assembly on public procurement. During the statement he was keen to point out achievements to date as well as recent initiatives but he was not as open to answering questions on the recent Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) Report which raised serious concerns about efficiencies which are not currently being realised through aggregated demand. The Minister claimed that certain protocols meant that he would not comment or take questions on the report.’ ‘However, following advice from Public Accounts Committee staff it was apparent that the Minister was incorrect and I can only conclude that he was seeking to avoid answering questions on … Continue reading

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Roy Questions Ulster Bank CEO at Stormont Committee

Transcript of exchange between Roy Beggs MLA and Jim Brown CEO Ulster Bank at Stormont, 5/7/12 Mr Beggs: You said that you still have five days of back processing to do. I should put on record my thanks to your front line staff. You have put them in an impossible situation, and I thank them for the way in which they are trying to deal with it. A constituent of mine contacted me yesterday evening. He is a pensioner, and he was trying to transfer funds to make sure that his mortgage payment went through. There was no visibility, and it was not possible for him to do that. A businessman e-mailed me this morning. He lodged — sorry, placed — some cheques with you on 11 June, some of which have still not cleared. When will there be online visibility so that people can see the progress that you … Continue reading

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Beggs Questions Ulster Bank Top Brass

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs Jnr took the opportunity this morning to question Ulster Bank senior managers at a Stormont committee meeting. East Antrim MLA and Finance committee member Roy Beggs MLA said: “It appears that finally a significant amount of effort is being expended by Ulster Bank and RBS management in trying to resolve this issue and providing additional information to customers through the additional 100 staff that have been drafted in to support local customers. Front line staff must be commended for their efforts to assist customers given the almost impossible situation that they have been placed in since the loss of the banking IT system.” “The Ulster Bank crisis has come at huge cost to customers, individual businesses and even non-Ulster Bank customers who are awaiting payment from individuals and businesses who bank with the Ulster Bank.  It will also have come at a considerable cost to … Continue reading

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