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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19048: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 25 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what it considers the advantages are of issuing procurement notices for investment programmes rather than tendering individual project contracts.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 23 October 2018

Public bodies must ensure taxpayers get the best possible value for money.

Once a requirement has been identified, and as part of the process of developing the appropriate sourcing strategy, it is important to consider what the right approach for the particular goods, services or works to be purchased is. This includes balancing the advantages that may be gained from aggregating demand against those which may be gained from opening competition up to a broader supply base.

A framework agreement covering many individual requirements is one possible route to market. Framework agreements are generally used for purchases where there is a requirement for a high volume of goods, works 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 .