112. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the details of the PPP projects in the water sector; the cost of each; and his plans to begin posting these details on the Government’s PPP website in the interests of greater transparency as recommended by the Oireachtas Committee on Budgetary Oversight. (Question 18758/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 112, 113 and 115 together.
A Public Private Partnership (PPP) is an arrangement between the public and private sector for the purpose of delivering infrastructure or services which were traditionally provided by the public service. In effect, it is a form of procurement available to the public sector. 
There are a number of different PPP models which can be used, including:
1. Projects financed ...

113. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimates of PPP expenditure in the context of multi-annual capital allocations in respect of the period 2018 to 2021 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18759/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 112, 113 and 115 together.
A Public Private Partnership (PPP) is an arrangement between the public and private sector for the purpose of delivering infrastructure or services which were traditionally provided by the public service. In effect, it is a form of procurement available to the public sector. 
There are a number of different PPP models which can be used, including:
1. Projects financed ...

114. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the PPP contracts that account for an increase in PPP liability from €6 billion in 2013 to €9.6 billion in 2016; and the details of increased PPP liabilities since 2016. (Question 18763/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Public Private Partnerships Cost)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My Department’s role in relation to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) is to maintain and develop the general policy framework (including, where necessary, the legal framework) within which PPPs operate. It also provides central guidance to other Departments and State Authorities in that context.  My Department has no direct involvement in the procurement or delivery of individual PPP projects.
A summary update on PPP projects ...

115. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason the major PPPs in the water sector are not included on the Government’s PPP website; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18777/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 112, 113 and 115 together.
A Public Private Partnership (PPP) is an arrangement between the public and private sector for the purpose of delivering infrastructure or services which were traditionally provided by the public service. In effect, it is a form of procurement available to the public sector. 
There are a number of different PPP models which can be used, including:
1. Projects financed ...

10. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of his Department’s action in dealing with the fallout from the collapse of a company (details supplied) and contracts undertaken by Departments with the company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13416/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Deputy Joan Burton: This question relates to the collapse of a company involved in public private partnerships, PPPs, and the affected Capita and Carillion contracts, some of which are with the Department of Education and Skills. Will the Minister make a statement on the current situation?
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5. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he has taken to ensure minimal disruption to existing PPPs being carried out by companies (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10866/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Deputy Joan Burton: What steps is the Minister taking to ensure there will be minimal disruption and loss to the State in respect of public private partnerships and a number of significant PPP companies, given that Carillion has collapsed and Capita has severe financial difficulties? How will he protect the State’s and the public’s interest in the context of the difficulties of these companies?
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21. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the recent collapse of a company (details supplied) and previous problems with public private partnerships will lead the Government to review its commitment to such funding models for infrastructure and services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13009/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Public Private Partnership (PPP) model is an internationally recognised model to design, build, finance, operate and maintain public infrastructure. In accordance with international best practice, PPP contracts already typically include detailed provisions that apply in the event of the liquidation of a consortium member of the PPP company, or an entity under the contract, to protect the public interest and ensure that the...

65. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on whether the commitment to public private partnerships as a means to finance capital projects should be reconsidered in view of the collapse of a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4285/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Public Private Partnership (PPP) model is an internationally recognised model to design, build, finance, operate and maintain public infrastructure. In accordance with international best practice, PPP contracts typically include detailed provisions that apply in the event of the liquidation of a consortium member of the PPP company, or an entity under the contract, to ensure that the project proceeds to completion. The ca...

68. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the review of public private partnerships will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10510/18 asked on 06 Mar 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): A senior-level Inter-Departmental / Agency Group was established last year to review Ireland’s  experience of PPPs and to make recommendations on the future role of PPPs, in the context of the development of the new 10 year National Development Plan (NDP).  
The work of the Review Group is now substantially complete and the key findings and recommendations of the PPP review are summarised in section 2.2 and detailed in section ...

91. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans in relation to the public private partnership projects; his further plans to lift the cap PPPs use to fund major public projects in view of the fact that Government direct borrowing is cheaper; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10321/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): An inter-Departmental/Inter-Agency Group was established in 2017 to review Ireland’s experience of PPPs and to make recommendations on the future role of PPPs, in the context of the new 10 year National Development Plan (NDP).  The NDP summarises the key findings and recommendations agreed as part of the PPP review and the detailed report of the review will be published shortly.  Once published, the recommendations of the revie...

203. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of projects that will be subject to the revised public private partnership rules as announced in the NDP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9266/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The National Development Plan 2018 – 2027 summarises the key findings and recommendations agreed as part of the PPP review and the detailed report of the review will be published shortly.  When the PPP review is published, the recommendations will be included in the PPP policy guidelines and will apply to all future PPP projects.  
The programme of existing approved PPP projects, announced under Phases 1 – 3 of the Government’s...

201. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which the tender process for the €200 million PPP investment in infrastructure in the higher education sector will be structured (details supplied); if there will be a separate tender for each of the 11 institutions which are to receive investment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7044/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 201 and 216 together.
The projects forming part of the Higher Education PPP Programme are currently being appraised in accordance with the Public Spending Code.  The current focus is on confirming the detailed Schedules of Accommodation for each project.  This PPP programme was provided for in the Government’s Capital Plan for 2016-2021 and is expected to deliver some 8,000 student places across the Insti...

216. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a tender (details supplied) will be tendered via the traditional funding route in an effort to support companies on the Border in view of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7205/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 201 and 216 together.
The projects forming part of the Higher Education PPP Programme are currently being appraised in accordance with the Public Spending Code.  The current focus is on confirming the detailed Schedules of Accommodation for each project.  This PPP programme was provided for in the Government’s Capital Plan for 2016-2021 and is expected to deliver some 8,000 student places across the Insti...

228. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention was drawn to the credit position of a company (details supplied) in tendering for the school construction programme; if his attention was further drawn to the credit held by the company in Schuldschein bonds; the processes that were put in place to determine the credit worthiness of the company before the contract was finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7437/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The company referred to by the Deputy has been a 50% shareholder in Inspiredspaces, the special purpose vehicle, SPV, responsible for the construction, finance, operation and maintenance of the public private partnership, PPP, schools bundle 5 programme.
The National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) managed the procurement of the schools bundle 5 PPP Programme on behalf of my Department. As part of this process, the NDFA carried out te...

102. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if further investment in public private partnerships, PPPs, will be paused following the collapse of a company (details supplied) and the recent difficulties experienced by another company; the extent of PPP by the Government from 2005 to 2017, and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6234/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 102 to 104, inclusive, together.
The Public Private Partnership (PPP) model is an internationally recognised model to design, build, finance, operate and maintain public infrastructure. In accordance with international best practice, PPP contracts already typically include detailed provisions that apply in the event of the liquidation of a consortium member of the PPP company, or an entity unde...

103. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the implications for the provision of services and the completion of incomplete contracts here in view of the recent difficulties being experienced by British PPP companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6235/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 102 to 104, inclusive, together.
The Public Private Partnership (PPP) model is an internationally recognised model to design, build, finance, operate and maintain public infrastructure. In accordance with international best practice, PPP contracts already typically include detailed provisions that apply in the event of the liquidation of a consortium member of the PPP company, or an entity unde...

104. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on PPPs in view of the collapse of a company (details supplied) and the difficulties experienced by another company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6236/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 102 to 104, inclusive, together.
The Public Private Partnership (PPP) model is an internationally recognised model to design, build, finance, operate and maintain public infrastructure. In accordance with international best practice, PPP contracts already typically include detailed provisions that apply in the event of the liquidation of a consortium member of the PPP company, or an entity unde...

191. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the due diligence that was performed prior to awarding a company (details supplied) a PPP contract to construct a number of schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5570/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): A contract exists between my Department and the PPP Company Inspiredspaces in respect of the Schools Bundle 5 PPP programme.  Inspiredspaces is the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) responsible for the design, construction, finance, and maintenance of the buildings included in the programme.  A subsidiary of the company referred to by the Deputy is a 50% shareholder in Inspiredspaces (SPV).  The other shareholder in the SPV is the Dutch Infr...

149. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if all tenders for public private partnerships pending the implementation of a system that allows for a full cost-benefit analysis of such projects will be suspended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4930/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I should first explain that PPPs are already subject to the same robust and rigorous project appraisal process as traditionally procured projects.  In ensuring Departments obtain the best value-for-money from public capital investment, PPPs, just as traditionally procured projects, are subject to the project appraisal requirements contained in the Public Spending Code.
The Public Spending Code (PSC) is designed to ensure that t...

150. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the additional safeguards he will put in place following the collapse of a company (details supplied) with regard to PPP contracts to safeguard the public interest; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4931/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Public Private Partnership (PPP) model is an internationally recognised model to design, build, finance, operate and maintain public infrastructure. In accordance with international best practice, PPP contracts already typically include detailed provisions that apply in the event of the liquidation of a consortium member of the PPP company, or an entity under the contract, to protect the public interest and ensure that the...

151. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the value of PPPs awarded in each of the past ten years; the number of Irish companies that contracts were awarded to in each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4932/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My Department’s role in relation to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) is to maintain and develop the general policy framework (including, where necessary, the legal framework) within which PPPs operate. It also provides central guidance to other Departments and State Authorities in that context. My Department has no direct involvement in the procurement or delivery of individual PPP projects.
A summary update on PPP projects...

114. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach the public private partnerships his Department is currently engaged in; the name, cost and timeframe of each; the names of all private parties involved; and the nature of each project in terms of design, build, maintain and so on, in tabular form. (Question 4442/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

The Taoiseach: My Department is not engaged in any public private partnerships.
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129. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the public private partnerships his Department is currently engaged in; the name, cost and timeframe of each; the names of all private parties involved; the nature of each project in terms of design, build, maintain and so on, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4432/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Department of Defence is not engaged in any public private partnership projects.
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140. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the public private partnerships his Department is engaged in; the name, cost and timeframe of each; the names of all private parties involved; the nature of each project in terms of design, build, maintain and so on, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4436/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department is not currently engaged in any public private partnerships.
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170. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the public private partnerships his Department is currently engaged in; the name, cost and timeframe of each; the names of all private parties involved; the nature of each project in terms of design, build, maintain and so on, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4435/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Department of Finance has no public private partnership projects.
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