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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03392: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making in implement the recommendations regarding procurement set out in the paper, Review of ICT Infrastructure in the Public Sector in Scotland (the McLelland report).

Answered by: Derek Mackay 19 October 2016

The Review of ICT Infrastructure in the Public Sector in Scotland published in 2011, recommended that the public sector embrace an integrated approach to ICT procurement, apply effective oversight and governance to the procurement process and ensure Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) have appropriate access to public sector opportunities.

The Scottish Government strategic approach to ICT procurement is outlined in Scotland’s Digital Future: Delivery of Public Services which also includes a National Digital & ICT Portfolio Procurement Plan. A Central Government ICT Assurance Framework is also in place to ensure appropriate approvals and assurances are aligned to enable successful project delivery.

The Scottish Government has continued to deliver a number of national collaborative ICT procurement frameworks in areas such as ICT Hardware, Fixed Telephony and Digital & ICT Services. These frameworks are extensively utilised across the Scottish public sector. Another example of effective collaborative procurement has been the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) Programme which has delivered a single public services network available for the use of any, and potentially all, public services organisations within Scotland; with aggregated demand delivering both cost and performance advantages.

Ensuring SMEs have access to public sector contract opportunities is a key objective. The Procurement Reform (Scotland ) Act 2014 and the Scottish Model of Procurement, are designed to make our public procurement contracts readily accessible to SMEs, many of which are currently providing high quality ICT products and services to the Scottish public sector.