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S5W-22761: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government by what date the tendering process for the R100 programme will be complete; when the successful contractors will start work on the project, and how much of the £600 million allocated to the programme has been spent.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 7 May 2019

The procurement process for R100 is now well underway and I can confirm that we have three highly credible bidders currently engaged in dialogue and we remain on track to award contracts before the end of this year. The procurement process is, however, complex and tightly bound by law and procurement rules. I will of course advise the Scottish Parliament first when we are in a position to award the contract

A sum of £28.2 million has been allocated in the 2019-20 budget to extend high quality, digital connectivity across Scotland. Due to the nature of the contractual terms likely to be deployed, much of the £600 million expenditure associated with delivery of our R100 commitment will not be seen until 2020 and beyond, with payments made on achievement of agreed milestones and payment in arrears of the achievement of milestones. This has also been the case under Scotland’s £400 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.