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S5W-05454: Whittle, Brian (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Review of Scottish Public Sector Procurement in Construction, which was published on 22 October 2013, (a) what the timeline is for completion of the review's recommendations, (b) how any payment schemes will be policed and reported on and (c) how much retention money in total is being held by public authorities and, of this total, how much in sterling is over 12 months old.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 20 December 2016

In answer to the three parts of the question:

(a) Implementation of the majority of recommendations is expected to be completed by mid-2017.

(b) The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 requires that Contracting Authorities prepare a procurement strategy. Within this, they must set out how they intend to ensure the following payments are made, no later than 30 days after the invoice (or similar claim), relating to the payment is presented:

(i) Payments due by the authority to a contractor,

(ii) Payments due by a contractor to a sub-contractor,

(iii) Payments due by a sub-contractor to a sub-contractor,

Contracting Authorities are required, under Section 18 of the Act, to prepare an annual procurement report on their regulated procurement activities, which must include a review of whether those procurements complied with the authority's procurement strategy. If any regulated procurements did not comply, the authority must produce a statement of how they will ensure that future regulated procurements will comply.

(c) Information regarding how much retention money is being by held public authorities is not held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.