Date lodged: 13 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that public bodies have at least one contract with supported factories and businesses; whether it is aware of any that do not and, if so, which; for what reason and what action it is taking.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 1 November 2016
The Scottish Government does not hold details of all contracts awarded by all public bodies in Scotland. However, since 18 April this year, all public bodies are required to publish a contracts register detailing regulated contract awards. For those bodies that have an annual procurement spend of £5 million or more, the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 will require them to publish an annual procurement report, which should contain a summary of any steps taken to facilitate the involvement of supported businesses.