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S5W-14749: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-14023 by Derek Mackay on 6 February 2018, whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding what its position is on introducing measures to ensure that all public sector procurers operate a so-called yellow/red card system to ensure that, if the lead contractors do not pay their supply chain within 30 days, they will be barred from bidding for public sector works for at least two years.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 6 March 2018

The Government is committed to improving the current level of performance in public sector construction contracts. This includes ensuring prompt payment practices at all levels in the supply chain. A red/yellow card system, along the lines described, is potentially one way in which this might be achieved; however, there are other possible approaches. Therefore, I want to be satisfied that whatever approach we adopt is the most appropriate for public construction contracts in Scotland and is also consistent with our underpinning public contract legislation. The Government will publish its conclusions following a full consideration of all the issues.