Date lodged: 8 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it monitors the number and value of public contracts that it and other public bodies in Scotland award to supported employment workplaces for disabled people.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 20 September 2016
Public bodies should publish a contract award notice for contracts that are in scope for procurement regulations. Generally these are contracts for £50,000 or more for goods and services and £2 million for construction. In addition public bodies are required to publish and maintain a public contracts register setting out such details as the name of the contractor, the subject matter of the contract and the estimated value of the contract.
Public bodies with procurement spend of £5 million or more per annum are required to publish a procurement strategy. Part of that strategy will set out how the public body will consider how it can undertake procurements in a way which facilitates the involvement of supported businesses. Such bodies must also produce an annual procurement report that will set out the steps the public body has taken to facilitate the involvement of supported businesses in regulated procurements. These reports will be published by the individual public bodies and will form the basis for an annual report on procurement activity in Scotland to be prepared by Scottish Ministers. Financial year 2017-18 will be the first full year subject to annual procurement reports under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.
The Scottish Government Framework for Supported Factories and Businesses was awarded in September 2012. The answer to question S5W-02407 on 20 September 2016 provides details of spend through that Framework. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx