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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-05453: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Review of Scottish Public Sector Procurement in Construction, which was published on 22 October 2013, what it can do to assist SMEs with retention payments, and whether the model used under the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 can be used as an alternative to cash retentions.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 20 December 2016

As part of the implementation of the recommendations of the Review of Scottish Public Sector Procurement in Construction, we are developing guidance for contracting authorities. This will help them make the right decisions regarding the appropriate use of project assurance, including retention and the alternatives to it. We will review the feasibility of a scheme similar to the model used for Tenancy Deposit Schemes.

The baseline position of the guidance will be that, whatever project assurance tool is used, it must be appropriate, proportionate and not overly onerous for contractors and their supply chain. This guidance will be published in the Scottish Construction Procurement Manual.