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.