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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-11750: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many contracts for local authority services have been awarded via framework contracts since they were introduced.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 24 October 2017

Framework Agreements have been used for many years, first appearing in Scottish procurement legislation in 2006. The Scottish Government does not hold centrally the information requested and it could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

To increase the transparency of contract information, the Scottish Government, through the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, introduced a requirement, from 18 April 2016 for all public bodies to maintain a register of contracts. The Act requires that contacts awarded under a framework agreement must also be included in the contracts register.