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S5W-20326: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 3 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what role the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities played in the decision in December 2014 to award the contract for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) to Aberdeen Roads Ltd, and who had overall ministerial responsibility for this decision.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 13 December 2018

Scottish Ministers are impartial to the awarding of public contracts and therefore the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities played no role in the decision making process to award the contract for the AWPR to Aberdeen Roads Limited (ARL).

A decision was taken by Ministers to progress the AWPR procurement in 2012, immediately following a successful Supreme Court decision. The evaluation criteria required that the tender was awarded to the most economically advantageous tender. In this case that was ARL.