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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21273: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government on what date the mandatory standstill period commenced in the award of the contract for construction of the Maybole bypass; what its duration was, and for what reason the successful bidder was not named publicly at the commencement of the standstill period, in light of it naming successful bidders for other similar contracts.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 19 February 2019

On conclusion of the procurement competition for the contract to construct the A77 Maybole Bypass, bidders were informed of our intention to award the contract. This marked the commencement of the mandatory standstill period.

During this period all bidders have an opportunity to review the intention to award the contract prior to formal award taking place. In this case, queries were raised by one of the bidders and we are currently seeking to resolve these queries before the contract is awarded and the successful bidder announced.

In the meantime, I am pleased to report that the advance works are progressing well. These works will prepare the site for the main construction work.