Date lodged: 17 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5T-00865 by Keith Brown on 16 January 2018 (Official Report, c. 3), in light of the collapse of Carillion, whether it will confirm what contingency plans it has to deal with the collapse of any of its other major private building contractors, and whether it now plans to revisit these.
Answered by: Keith Brown 31 January 2018
This is revisited with contractors on a regular basis.
Contingency planning includes seeking alternative provision where applicable, or in the case of Joint Ventures, partners that are jointly and severally liable taking on work. These contingencies ensure continuity of public service provision.
As part of on-going Contract Management of all its major contracts, the Scottish Government monitors the financial health of its contractors. Due to the varying size and complexity of the contracts involved, the type and level of assessment is undertaken on a contract by contract basis and is proportionate and relevant. Where this process identifies challenges that must be taken account of, we work closely with contractors and those in receipt of the associated services to identify the most appropriate route forward.