Date lodged: 13 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that public bodies make the maximum possible use of reserved contracts for supported factories and businesses under the Scottish Sustainable Action Plan.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 1 November 2016
The Sustainable Procurement Action Plan called on organisations to produce their own, individual, Delivery Plans setting out how, and by when, improvements in sustainable procurement will be made. Since the publication of that Action Plan in 2009, the Scottish Government has introduced the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. The Act places a statutory obligation on contracting authorities to consider, before starting a procurement competition, how, by the way in which it conducts the procurement process, it might facilitate the involvement of supported businesses, and then to act in a way to best bring that about. To support the implementation of the Act, we issued Statutory Guidance, and delivered training that addressed this requirement.