Date lodged: 29 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what review it has carried out of the Scottish Procurement Policy Note embedded in the statutory guidance under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 20 February 2018
Scottish Procurement Policy Notes (SPPNs) provide public bodies with advice on a range of procurement policy issues. SPPN 04/2014, published in August 2014, provides advice to purchasers on the options available to them when dealing with companies active in illegal settlements. While the references to procurement Regulations within that SPPN relate to procurement exercises that have taken place before 18 April 2016, its key points remain applicable under procurement Regulations that came into effect on 18 April 2016.
The statutory guidance under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 published in March 2016 provides further guidance on the selection of tenderers and award of contracts and is available at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/03/8410/0. The final Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) sets out our commitment to review implementation of this legislation. A copy of the BRIA is available on the Scottish Government website at: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0043/00435515.pdf.