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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11748: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason it facilitates the use of framework contracts to procure public services.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 24 October 2017

EU and national procurement legislation specifically provides for the use of framework agreements. They are generally used for purchases where there is a requirement for a high volume of goods or services, or a repeat need where exact quantities or timings are unknown.

They offer a quick and relatively inexpensive route to market. They establish in advance the terms under which subsequent call-off contracts are awarded and can remove the need for subsequent contract awards to follow a new advertised competition. Frameworks are used extensively by professional procurement organisations across the UK (and beyond) to underpin collaborative contracting and/or to meet recurring requirements in a legally compliant and cost-effective way.